Mayor Kelli Linville has announced a new Small and Simple Grant program for 2019 neighborhood-improvement projects. All City-recognized neighborhood associations are eligible to apply. Deadline for applications is May 15.
The program is designed to offer neighborhoods a chance to collaborate on hands-on projects that support each unique neighborhood character and contribute to improving their community. Grants will be awarded for up to $5,000.
Examples of projects include removing graffiti, landscaping, planting street trees, creating emergency kits, installing bike racks or free libraries, and growing community gardens. Neighborhood associations are also encouraged to be creative and explore projects outside these suggestions.
The application process is now open, and applications will be accepted through May 15, 2019. After a competitive review process, the Mayor's office will announce awards by June 1, 2019.
Neighborhoods are encouraged to collaborate on projects with other neighborhoods and explore what projects might benefit the most residents.
“These Small and Simple Grants are intended to fund one-time projects that make substantive and positive changes to the community," Mayor Kelli Linville said. “We are excited to see the types of creative projects the neighborhoods come up with."
Neighborhoods must supply the up-front cost of each project and will be reimbursed by the City if they are awarded the grant. Applications must specify the proposed project location, budget, letters of support from residents, work-documenting plan, and the reason why the project will improve the quality of life within the community.
For more information
For 2019 Small and Simple Grant Guidelines and Application, visit cob.org/services/planning/neighborhoods/Pages/grants-funding.aspx or search “Small and Simple Grants" on the cob.org website.
For a list of city neighborhoods, maps and contact information, visit cob.org/services/planning/neighborhoods .