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GrowSouth Neighborhood Challenge Grant

Grants to Neighborhoods in Southern Dallas, Texas
for Community Enhancement Programs and Projects

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City of Dallas

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03/14/14 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 each are available to neighborhood groups active in southern Dallas, Texas to enhance the quality of life in their community/neighborhood with either a service program or a construction project. Programs/projects should involve the participation of local residents on an ongoing basis, and once launched should be self-sustaining without needing continual funding or services provided by the City of Dallas.

There are four sub-categories of these types of programs: Community Enrichment, Physical Community Enhancement, Neighborhood Feature, and New Physical Community Improvement.

Grant Requirements :

Ideas should be on-going service programs or construction projects. On-going programs submitted need to be implemented and be able to start showing positive results within one (1) year of receiving funds. Construction projects need to be completed within (1) year of receiving awarded funds.

All submissions should accomplish the following:

- Build a stronger, healthier community
- Provide a public benefit
- Meet a neighborhood need or desire
- Involve residents and other members of the community in various aspects of the project
- Be maintained by the neighborhood or the applicant group for a minimum of: 4 years (construction projects), and 2 years (on-going service programs).

Funds cannot be used funding to pay for any of the following:

- Individual maintenance type projects or improvements that are required by City Code
- Replace or serve as an association’s operating budget
- Fund projects that will require ongoing maintenance from the City of Dallas
- Fund projects that conflict with City policies or codes
- Fund projects that would require ongoing City involvement, staffing or add to the City’s operating expenses
- Pay for expenditures incurred or project commitments made prior to receiving funding
- Pay for travel expenses
- Payments to individuals other than those who provide their professional services
- Payments to community members for volunteer services connected to a project

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140289

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Term of Contract:

On-going programs submitted need to be implemented and be able to start showing positive results within one (1) year of receiving funds. Construction projects need to be completed within (1) year of receiving awarded funds.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To apply for funding, applicant teams must be neighborhood-oriented. Examples of eligible groups include but are not limited to the following:

- Homeowners associations
- Neighborhood associations
- Crime watch groups
- Community garden groups
- Organized children groups (scouts, sports leagues)
- Groups of neighborhood residents that work together to develop a self help idea to improve their neighborhood

Groups that are not formally organized must partner with an organization to serve as their financial sponsor.

Although all neighborhoods in the growSouth area are encouraged to submit a project or program for funding consideration, certain restrictions exist concerning the primary applicant group. Community residents must serve as the primary in application development and idea implementation. Applications cannot be submitted solely by the following, who can only serve in a support role:

- Individual residents
- Individual businesses
- Religious organizations
- Fraternal organization
- Business organizations
- Non-profit organizations
- Schools
- Elected officials

Pre-proposal Conference:

Neighborhood Challenge Application Development Workshop
Applicant teams are required to send one team member to an application workshop prior to submission.

Upcoming Workshop Dates:
February 19, 2014: Kiest Park Recreation Center, 6 - 8 PM
February 22, 2014: Kleberg/Rylie Recreation Center, 10 AM - 12 PM

To ensure that all interested parties understand the requirements, restrictions and guidelines related to developing ideas and application submission, each applicant group will be required to send at least one member of their team to one of the mandatory workshops.

Workshops will cover the following topics:
- Idea selection and measurable outcomes
- Community participation and input
- Resources needed
- City Regulations
- Site control and city advice
- Project budget and work plan

Certificates of completion will be presented at the end of the workshop and will be logged into the application system. A copy of the certificate should be included as an attachment to each application submission. Any application submitted without a documented workshop attendee will be viewed as incomplete.

For the convenience of the community, all workshops will be held in growSouth areas to ensure maximum attendance availability. Each workshop will be 2-3 hours in length.

Pre-Application Information:

No applications will be accepted prior to February 22, 2014. However, due to the size of City Hall, it is strongly recommended that mailed applications be postmarked three (3) days prior to the deadline to ensure they are received on time. All applications received after 5 p.m. on the deadline date will not be accepted.

Contact Information:

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

Office of Strategic Customer Services
C/O growSouth Neighborhood Challenge
1500 Marilla Street, 7AN
Dallas, TX 75201


Grant Coverage Areas:

Southern Dallas

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas