Grants of up to $3,000 to Arvada, Colorado neighborhood groups for programs that will enhance local neighborhoods. Funding is intended to support neighborhood improvements that are broader in scale and benefit the community at large. These grants may be used for a variety of activities, projects, events, or programs that will be implemented with the help of a neighborhood group or association. Activities may include projects such as trail or landscape improvements, community gardens, neighborhood clean-up projects, signage or lighting improvements, or creating neighborhood identity features.
Potential programs may include the implementation of youth programs, programs for the elderly, or other types of activities such as historical research as part of neighborhood identity efforts. The purpose of the Neighborhood Improvement Grants is to enhance the sense of community and pride throughout the neighborhood. Grants projects must also provide a public benefit and be publicly accessible.
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
Additional Eligibility Criteria
All applications must be submitted by residents of the neighborhood rather than by management entities. All applications must represent a neighborhood group (formal or informal) and each group must register with the City of Arvada by submitting the attached Neighborhood Group Registration Form to the Community Development Department.
Groups must be already organized or agree to organize a neighborhood group.
A neighborhood may only receive funding for a Neighborhood Improvement Grant once per calendar year and cannot receive a grant more than two years in a row.
Grants are not allowed for deferred maintenance.
Grants are not to be used for the purchase of land or to subsidize social, political or organizational memberships.
Grants are not to be used for events or activities away from the neighborhood.
Grants are to benefit the neighborhood or community at large and are not to be used to pay individuals, organizations, or groups for their private benefit. Grant projects must be publicly accessible. Grants are not to be used to pay for cash prizes, field trips or admissions.
Reimbursement for operational or maintenance costs, or salaries are not allowed expenses. Funds shall also not be used for motor vehicles or any other electronic devices not required for the grant purpose (such as cell phones, ipads, etc.). Grants are intended for implementation activities, programs, events or projects and planning efforts are not to be included.
Applicants must provide a match equal to 25% of the amount requested as a Neighborhood Improvement Grant from the City of Arvada. This match shall be accomplished in two parts. An amount equal to 10% of the amount requested from the City of Arvada shall be provided in the form of Community Involvement. And 15% of the requested grant amount may be in the form of monetary payment, donations from other entities, or additional Community Involvement.
It is anticipated that grants will be awarded to grant recipients in May/June, 2017.
Estimated Size of Grant
Grants are awarded up to a maximum of $3,000 each based on the grant application and budget estimates.
Term of Contract
Grant funds must be spent by the end of the calendar year.