To be eligible for a grant, the neighborhood must be organized as a neighborhood or homeowners’ association and be registered with the city. The association is not required to be incorporated or have tax exempt status, but must have an elected board and adopted by-laws. The project must be something that benefits the entire neighborhood.
Some examples of eligible projects are landscaping, planting street trees, or installing signage for a neighborhood watch or subdivision.
Grant awards could range from $500 to $5,000, depending on the scope of the project, the number of grant proposals received, and the funding available. Neighborhoods must provide a 25 percent match to the cost of the project, which could be met through the value of donated services, materials, and labor in addition to cash.
For more information about the grant or an application form, call Jonna Wensel at 816.439.4537. The deadline for submitting a grant application is July 31, 2013. Grant awards will be announced in late August.