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2018 Love Your Block Grant Program

Grants to Little Rock, Arkansas Nonprofits
for Neighborhood Improvement Projects

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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City of Little Rock

Deadline Date:

04/20/18 4:00 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grants of $1,000 to Little Rock, Arkansas nonprofit neighborhood organizations for community improvement projects. Applications are invited for events that will have a direct and lasting benefit to the organization’s neighborhood. The purpose of this program is to encourage and promote volunteerism in Little Rock through neighborhood-based projects that foster civic pride, enhance and beautify neighborhoods, and expand citizen involvement in local government.

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 held between May 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018, 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.

Community Grants:

The City of Little Rock Department of Housing and Neighborhood will administer grants to eligible Neighborhood-Based Organizations (“NBOs”). The Department of Housing and Neighborhood Programs will manage fund dispersal, provide technical assistance and guidance to NBOs, and facilitate City services. City services will be provided by Parks and Recreation, Public Works, and other City Departments.

Selection Criteria:

Each NBO must have a detailed and realistic Project Plan for engaging residents to carry out a physical transformation of the public spaces on their block.

Each NBO must include one of more block beautification event(s) in its/their action plan to occur during the grant period.

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.

Examples of Previously Approved Projects
-Footbridge across park pond;
-Upgrading of playground equipment;
-Landscaping of neighborhood parks or common areas;
-Replacement of roofs on community buildings and storage facilities;
-Sprinkler systems for parks and flower beds;
-Entry signs into neighborhoods;
-Installation of house numbers;
-Purchase of tools, mowers, weed eaters and landscaping equipment to set up a too-loan inventory;
-Storage sheds for neighborhood equipment;
-Equipment and supplies to publish and distribute newsletters, flyers, brochures, etc.;
-Equipment for crime watch programs;
-Litter control activities and equipment;
-Park benches and grills;
-Summer jobs for youth;
-Neighborhood sponsored youth activities;
-Youth tutoring programs; and
-Construction of neighborhood basketball courts.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 128692

Number of Grants:

The City anticipates awarding twenty-eight (28) grants (four (4) grants in each Ward).

Estimated Size of Grant:

$1,000

Term of Contract:

Organizations are required to complete projects in the months of May through December of 2018.

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any neighborhood-based organization 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:

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

NOTE: Donated labor is calculated at a rate of $10/hour. Volunteer hours must be documented by forms provided by the City of Little Rock. Additionally, these grant dollars are subject to audit by the City’s internal audit staff. Therefore, it is the responsibility of each organization receiving a grant to keep accurate records of all expenditures and in-kind contributions.

Neighborhood Organizations that were awarded 2017 Love Your Block Grants, but failed to provide the required information to close out those grants will not be eligible for 2018 awards, unless an extension was requested before the end of 2017. If the required information is provided before Friday, April 20, 2018, your 2018 application may be considered.

All grant proposals must be received by 4:00 PM, Friday, April 20, 2018.

If awarded, City staff will notify the Project Coordinator identified in the Project Proposal. All approved and funded organizations are required to attend a mandatory meeting for a brief orientation on the grant and to coordinate city resources for your project.

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.

Contact Information:

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

Victor Turner, Director
(501) 371-6811
vturner@littlerock.gov

Dr. Kimberly Adams, Assistant Director
(501) 371-4849
kadams@littlerock.gov

Housing and Neighborhood Programs
ATTN: Love Your Block
500 West Markham, Ste., 120 West
Little Rock, AR 72201

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USA: Arkansas: City of Little Rock