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2021 Love Your Block Grant Program

Grants to Arkansas Nonprofits in Eligible Locations
for Community Improvement Projects

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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City of Little Rock - Department of Housing and Neighborhood Programs

Deadline Date:

04/23/21 3:00 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grants of $1,000 to Arkansas nonprofit neighborhood-based organizations in eligible locations for community improvement projects. Funding is intended to promote events and activities that will have a direct and lasting impact on the quality of life in local communities. Eligible applicants are located in Little Rock.

The City of Little Rock is happy to announce a competitive grant program designed to help Neighborhood-Based Organizations (NBOs) meet their most pressing challenges through community service and focused city services. The purpose of the grant is to promote and increase volunteer-ism in the City while partnering with City staff to improve the quality of life in local neighborhoods.

Project Description, Specific Goals of the Initiative:

  • To encourage block and civic Associations throughout the seven wards to engage their members in an organized, event/activity that aims to beautify their block;
  • To support and provide resources in the form of a cash grant to Associations; and
  • To bring relevant and focused City services that will support the efforts of each association.

The following projects will be prioritized: blocks within a 500-foot radius of an elementary, middle, or high school (this should be noted in the grant application); projects that address one or more vacant lots; projects that improve the overall neighborhood aesthetics; projects that eliminate blight; and, projects that benefit a business district.

For examples of previously approved projects, see https://www.littlerock.gov/media/7550/2021-lybg-application.pdf#page=6.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 128692

Number of Grants:

The City anticipates awarding thirty-five (35) grants (maximum of five (5) grants per Ward).

Estimated Size of Grant:

$1,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed in the months of May through December of 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any City of Little Rock Neighborhood-Based Organizations registered with the City is eligible to apply.

NBO’s submitting proposals for grant funds must meet the following criteria:
- Organizations must be registered with the City of Little Rock Department of Housing and Neighborhood Programs - Proposers must operate as a Not-For-Profit Organization/Association in nature and their projects will not exclude the general public from use, if applicable
- Proposals must have lasting and/or a direct benefit to the neighborhood
- If awarded, Organizations must maintain records reflecting program expenditures, number of volunteers taking part in the project and in-kind contributions. These records are to be made available to the City in the Final Report
- The group's W-9 must accompany the application

Neighborhood Organizations that were awarded 2020 Love Your Block Grants, but failed to provide the required information to close out those grants will not be eligible for 2021 awards, unless an extension was requested before the end of 2020.

Pre-Application Information:

All grant proposals must be received by 3:00 p.m., Friday, April 23, 2021.

A minimum 25% match in the form of either donated materials, donated equipment and/or in-kind labor (volunteers) is required.

Funding will be issued on a reimbursement basis.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit your application via:

Email: lwells@littlerock.gov

Fax: 501-399-3461 Attn: Lisa Wells

In-person:
City Hall
Department of Housing & Neighborhood Programs
500 West Markham, Ste. 120W
Little Rock, AR 72201
Attn: Lisa Wells

For questions regarding this grant program, please contact Lisa Wells at 371-4490.

For More Information:
Kevin Howard, Director
501-371-6825
khoward@littlerock.gov

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