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Neighborhood Mini-Grant

Grants to Hillsborough County, Florida Neighborhood
Associations and Districts for Community Improvements

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Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC)

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08/03/18 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Hillsborough County, Florida civic, neighborhood, and homeowner associations, special taxing districts, and crime watch programs to improve communities and promote civic involvement. Please note that associations within the City of Tampa must contact the appropriate offices no later than July 1.

Neighborhood leaders are urged to think creatively when brainstorming about projects and types of community involvement. The review committee favors applications with matching funds or that involve other forms of leveraged community support.  

The following types of projects will be favorably considered:
-Children's programs (e.g., neighborhood-operated programs that benefit children within the association)
-Neighborhood identity (e.g., brochures, signs, festivals, and education of neighborhood history)
-Neighborhood leadership training and development
-Start-up funds for specific neighborhood projects (e.g., newsletters, Internet sites)
-Crime Watch (e.g., communication systems with law enforcement)
-Publicity of special events (e.g., community cleanups)
-Beautification (this program will only consider Florida-Friendly planting)
-Social events that bring neighbors together (block party, youth event, art, holiday party)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159559

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant per association is $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

General eligibility
-Neighborhood, Civic, Homeowner Associations, Crime Watch Programs and Special Taxing Districts in Hillsborough County are eligible (this includes City of Tampa, the City of Temple Terrace and Plant City)
-Only one grant is awarded per qualified neighborhood association
-Projects must be neighborhood specific
-Groups must be comprised of neighborhood residents and stakeholders, and the project or event must be held in the same neighborhood

The following types of projects are not eligible for funding:
-Food or drinks
-Daily operating expenses and maintenance
-Infrastructure projects (e.g., building construction, repairs or enhancements to buildings or other structures, sidewalks, street lighting, road improvements, or anything eligible for funding under the County Capital Improvement Program)
-Cameras, electronics (including computers), air conditioners, copiers (office equipment), televisions, locks
-Projects which are typically funded under other sources such as: a city or County department’s operating budget; Community Development Block Grant; Social Service RFA; Weed & Seed; and Children's Board process
-Applicants who were funded in previous cycles, but the Scope of Work was not completed as negotiated (those, associations cannot submit applications for 1 fiscal year)
-Individual gifts
-Projects currently funded from another source

The following is a sample list of projects/programs that would not be eligible for funding:
-Alcohol, tobacco or controlled substances.
-Beverages and food.
-Capital items (individual items that would require tracking by County property control, excluding signage/surveillance camera equipment).
-Computer hardware/software and other electronic devices and related equipment.
-Daily operating expenses and maintenance.
-Duplication of an existing public or private program.
-Expenditures or financial commitments made before the organization has signed the Letter of Understanding.
-Fines, penalties and associated costs.
-Food/drink for festivals/celebrations.
-Funding for organizations located outside of Hillsborough County.
-Fundraising, investment management cost or employee salaries and other associated cost.
-Gift cards/gifts.
-Home improvements.
-Interior repairs or improvements.
-Lodging fees and associated costs.
-Ongoing multi-year projects.
-Ongoing or operational costs (including salaries/personnel).
-Operating expenses not directly related to the awarded project.
-Private transportation expenses including mileage, gas, insurance, car rentals, etc.
-Projects typically funded under other sources such as County (or City) department operating budgets, Capital Improvement Program, Community Development Block Grant Program.
-Projects which conflict with existing County plans/policies.
-Projects/programs already funded from another source (including current operating budgets).
-Projects/programs that have already been completed.
-Salaries for administration.
-To replace funding lost from other funding sources.
-Trophies and awards and associated cost.

Pre-proposal Conference:

There are mandatory Neighborhood Mini-Grant Information Session, which will take place in person, online via GoToMeeting, or by phone (dates to be announced).

In-person Meetings

-June 4, 6 to 7:30 PM, District 1, Town 'N Country Regional Public Library, Suite 120

-June 6, 6 to 7:30 PM, District 4, Bruton Memorial Library

-June 11, 10 to 11:30 AM, District 4, South Shore Regional Library, Art Studio

-June 18, 6 to 7:30 PM, District 2, Seffner-Mango Branch Library

-June 26, 6 to 7:30 PM, District 3, 78th Street Community Library

-July 2, 6 to 7:30 PM, District 1, Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, Room A

-July 9, 6 to 7:30 PM, District 2, Temple Terrace Public Library

-July 16, 6 to 7:30 PM, District 2, New Tampa Regional Library, Conference Room

-July 23, 6 to 7:30 PM, District 3, County Center, 1st Floor

-July 30, 6 to 7:30 PM, District 4, Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, Community Room

Online Meetings: To be announced

Pre-Application Information:

Your neighborhood must register with the Office of Neighborhood Relations before we will consider you for the grant

Neighborhoods applying for projects that could require permits or other permissions are required to submit proof of permits or permissions with their completed application

Applications must be submitted by Friday, August 3, 2018 at 5 PM to the Office of Neighborhood Relations

Additional requirements for the City of Tampa:
Neighborhood Associations within the City limits applying for the Hillsborough County grants that could require permits, project on a public way/right of way, or other City of Tampa permissions or approvals, are required to contact the City of Tampa Grants Department by July 1, 2018 to provide a detailed scope of the applicant’s project. Grantees are required to submit a letter of acknowledgement from the City of Tampa Grants Department if it is on or pertains to City property with the completed Hillsborough County grant application.

Contact Information:

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

Register with the Office of Neighborhood Relations:

County Center
Office of Neighborhood Relations
601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 28th Floor
Tampa, FL 33602

P: (813) 272-5860
F: (813) 272-7078

City of Tampa Grants Department:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Hillsborough County