Grants to Florida civic, neighborhood, and homeowner associations to improve communities and promote civic involvement in eligible locations. Applicants must be registered in the online directory and contact their city or county permitting department prior to applying. Applicants must demonstrate that they have support from the community in addition to community involvement in both the application and implementation phases of proposed projects and programs. Applicants must be located in Hillsborough County, which includes the cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Plant City.
The Neighborhood Mini-Grant program is designed to foster healthy, safe, and engaged neighborhoods that strengthen the community.
Projects are required to engage the community as active participants, and they must address a need(s) or improve quality of life in one of the following categories:
Healthy Neighborhood: Fostering a healthy community through conservation, environmental stewardship, or healthy lifestyles. Ideas Include community cleanup, tree planting, xeriscaping in common areas, neighborhood litter walks, low-volume irrigation, healthy eating programs, mental health, and well-being programs, play or exercise projects, walking path creation, healthy cooking demonstrations, and Zen Garden creation.
Safe Neighborhood: Projects or programs that prepare residents with knowledge and tools that teach them how to prevent, confront, and/or respond to situations that threaten the safety of the community. Examples include swim safety, stranger danger, anti-bullying, gun safety, cyber safety, creating disaster kits for the community, working with partner agencies to develop a neighborhood preparedness plan, or your neighborhood’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) activities to support Hillsborough County’s disaster preparedness efforts.
Engaged Neighborhood: Unique projects that engage and bring neighbors together. Examples include neighborhood cleanups, initiatives to assist neighbors in need, events that connect community members, or communications that educate residents about local happenings, services, or projects.
Leveraging Other Resources: Neighborhood organizations in unincorporated Hillsborough County are encouraged to plan projects with greater impact by also leveraging Hillsborough County’s Community Clean-up Grant, Low-Volume Irrigation Mini-Grant, or Tree Mini-Grant where applicable.
- Must be a Neighborhood, Condominium, or Homeowner Association
- Must be located within Hillsborough County. This includes the cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Plant City
- Must be included in the Neighborhood Listing before applying for a grant.
Partnerships with non-governmental entities are encouraged to enhance project effectiveness and sustainability, but they are not required. To qualify as a partnership, the partnering organization must contribute to the project in a substantial and meaningful way, including in-kind support. This could include providing critical resources, services, or technical expertise, or collaboratively executing the project. For each organization identified as a partner, the mini-grant applicant must submit a statement of support (an email or letter) from the partnering organization that explains the partner’s specific role in the project.
- For-Profit Service Providers
- Nonprofit Service Providers
- Local Government Entities
- Political Groups
- Individual People
- Application Resources Available: Mid-October 2023
- Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 15, 2023, by 5 p.m.
- Neighborhood Mini-Grants Awarded: January 2024
Only one Neighborhood Mini-Grant application will be allowed per neighborhood organization.
- Prior to applying for Mini-Grants, eligible organizations must be in the Neighborhood Listing. To check that your organization is listed, click the magnifying glass, when the text box appears type the organization name in the search bar.
- If your association is not in the Neighborhood Listing, click the Neighborhood Listing Application and follow the directions. The Neighborhood Relations team will contact you when they receive your submission to be included in the Neighborhood Listing.
Before applying for a mini-grant, all applicants must contact their county or city permitting department to determine if permits are required for the proposed project. The Permit and Sign Review Form must be completed and uploaded with the online grant application.
Government Permitting Contacts:
- Hillsborough County Permitting – (813) 272-5600 or visit Hillsborough County Development Services Department
- City of Tampa Permitting – (813) 274-3100 or visit City of Tampa Permit Contacts
- City of Temple Terrace Permitting – (813) 506-6460 or visit City of Temple Terrace Permitting Services
- City of Plant City Permitting – (813) 659-4200, ext. 4144, or visit City of Plant City Building Division
If you are not sure whether your project will qualify for a mini-grant, or if you have any questions about the program, the application process, or requirements, please contact Neighborhood Relations Neighborhood-Relations@HCFLGov.net or by calling (813) 272-5860 before applying.
Office of Neighborhood Relations
601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 28th Floor
Tampa, FL 33602