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2020 Love Your Block Grant Program

Grants to Arkansas Nonprofits in Eligible
Regions for Neighborhood Improvement Projects

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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City of Little Rock - Department of Housing and Neighborhood Programs

Deadline Date:

07/31/20 3:00 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grants of $1,000 to Arkansas nonprofit neighborhood organizations 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. Grants must benefit residents in Little Rock. The purpose of the grants is to identify resources needed to strengthen and make improvements in their areas; and to protect the health and safety of citizens through the efficient implementation and enforcement of environmental and animal services.

The goal of the Love Your Block Grant Program is to encourage projects that promote volunteerism, foster civic pride, enhance and beautify neighborhoods, or encourage improvements in the way residents connect and solve problems. The City of Little Rock seeks well-qualified neighborhood-based organizations to submit proposals that will result in impactful improvement to the neighborhoods they serve. Citizens across the city are the best caretakers of their neighborhoods, and the Love Your Block Grant Program will help to foster a sense of community and belonging. 

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.

As an added incentive to neighborhoods, Housing and Neighborhood Programs will review the completed projects in January 2021 that have met all the requirements and announce a “Love Your Block Project of the Year” in the Housing and Neighborhood Programs Newsletter.

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/6552/2020-lybg-application.pdf#page=6

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 128692

Number of Grants:

The City anticipates awarding twenty-eight (28) grants (maximum of four (4) grants per Ward).

Estimated Size of Grant:

$1,000

Term of Contract:

Activities should be held between May 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

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-a-profit organization/association in nature and their Projects will not exclude the general public from use, if applicable.

Each NBO must:
-Operate on a not-for-a-profit basis. For purpose of this Love Your Block Grant Program, an organization operating on a not-for-a-profit basis is defined as a corporation, organization, or association that exists for charitable and/or public purposes without a profit motive or shareholders.
-Demonstrate the ability to mobilize a minimum of 20 neighborhood volunteers to take part in the revitalization of their block.

Pre-Application Information:

All grant proposals must be received by 3:00 PM, July 31, 2020.

If awarded, City staff will notify the Project Coordinator identified in the Project Proposal.

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

All final documentation must be submitted by December 31, 2020, 4:00 PM.

Grants will be reimbursed to the applicant at the conclusion of the Project and after meeting all grant submission requirements. Therefore, it is extremely important that all grant recipients keep receipts and accurate financial records of costs associated with each project.

Neighborhood Organizations that were awarded 2019 Love Your Block Grants, but failed to provide the required information to close out those grants will not be eligible for 2020 awards, unless an extension was requested before the end of 2019. If the required information is provided before Friday, April 17, 2020, your 2020 application may be considered.

Contact Information:

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

Return the application forms to:
Housing and Neighborhood Programs,
ATTN: Love Your Block
c/o Lisa Wells
500 West Markham, Ste., 120
West, Little Rock, AR 72201
Fax: 501-399-3461

Direct questions to:
Kevin Howard, Director, Housing and Neighborhood Programs
(501) 918-5268
khoward@littlerock.gov

Lisa Wells
371-4490

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