Your Ideas. Your Vote.
How it Works
Neighbourhood Decision Making Now Accepting Ideas!
City Council has committed $250,000 annually to support a Neighbourhood Decision Making Program across the city. This program will allow you to propose ideas to enhance your neighbourhood, with you deciding on which ideas will go forward!
How does Neighbourhood Decision Making work?
Step 1: Residents are encouraged to identify a neighbourhood building project(s) that enhances and strengthens their neighbourhood. Funds may be used on a variety of different projects which could include: planting public gardens, community public art, piloting a community program, hosting a neighbourhood event, documenting your neighbourhood’s history, or enhancing a park or playground.
Step 2: City staff will support residents to develop their idea into a one-page proposal, working to make sure that it is possible to implement the proposed idea.
Step 3: A community vote will be held for residents to vote for their favourite ideas.
Step 4: City staff will work with the residents who submitted the winning ideas to implement their neighbourhood project.
Submit Your Idea
Idea Proposal Guidelines – Neighbourhood Decision Making
Idea proposals should:
- Involve and empower members of the neighbourhood and demonstrate broad-based and diverse participation in the project process
- Be originated, planned and put into action by the neighbours and community members who will be affected by the project
- Occur within the city limits and be on public land that is accessible
Idea proposals may achieve any of the following outcomes:
- Improve neighbourhood safety, participation and mobility
- Beautify the neighbourhood
- Improve community connections and understanding between neighbours
- Encourage diversity and inclusion
- Enhance or expand green space
Generally, idea proposals should not:
- Delay or cancel projects that are part of Council’s approved multiyear budget,
- Fund permanent staff positions,
- Pay for a project on private property, unless it is totally accessible to the public
- Substitute funding lost from other sources of money,
- Reimburse an organization’s operating expenses not directly linked to the awarded project
- Reimburse out-of-London travel expenses or any accommodation expenses
- Pay for expenses or financial commitments undertaken prior to the organization being under contract with the City of London
- Fund any alcohol , tobacco or gambling expenses
- Fund website development
- Contribute to fundraising revenue for projects
How to submit your idea:
- Click the button below
- Create an account on the online portal (be sure to register for Neighbourhood Decision Making)
- You will be sent an email to verify your account (this may take a few minutes and be sure to check your junk folder)
- Once you have verified your account, log on to submit your idea
Need help coming up with an idea? We have created an idea bank to help! View the PDF below to see some idea suggestions for you and an estimated cost. This list is just to get you thinking - other ideas are welcome!
Would you like to learn more about the Neighbourhood Decision Making program and discuss your idea(s) with fellow residents and City staff? Come out to one of five “Idea Café’s” being held in the second week of October.
What is an idea café?
An idea café is an open event where anyone can come and discuss ideas with residents and city staff. There is no agenda or set schedule. Participants can join or leave discussions as they wish.
Discussions will be focused on 6 themes: Parks & Trails, Environmental, Street & Sidewalk, Healthy Living, Art & Culture, and Community & Events. If your idea doesn't fit into any of these categories, that's OK, there will be an opportunity to discuss all ideas.
City staff will share a presentation on the Neighbourhood Decision Making program and you will be able to submit your ideas if they are ready.
RSVP now for the idea cafés at the links below.
Tuesday, May 1
Wednesday, May 2
Thursday, May 3
Wednesday, May 2
Thursday, May 3