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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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Deadline Date:

08/30/19 5:00 PM Postmarked or Received


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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. Prior to applying, participation in an information session and registration with the Office of Neighborhood Relations are required.

The purpose of the Neighborhood Mini-Grant program is to strengthen neighborhood associations and the communities that they serve. Applications must demonstrate community support and involvement in both the application and implementation phases of proposed projects and programs.

Eligible groups can apply for neighborhood-specific project funding. Projects must:
- Demonstrate a benefit to the neighborhood as a whole
- Be done in the requesting neighborhood

Some ideas to help start brainstorming a great project:
- Community events
- Public art or murals
- Educational events
- Seating areas
- “Do-it-yourself” library
- Establish a community garden
- Beautification (only Florida-Friendly planting will be considered). Funding for beautification is limited to up to 10% of the total fundable budget
- Youth and children’s programs, such as neighborhood operated programs that benefit children within the association’s jurisdiction

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159559

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant per association is $5,000.

Term of Contract:

All money must be expended by August 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- 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.
- 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.
- Neighborhoods must register with the Office of Neighborhood Relations before they can be considered for the grant.

Ineligible applicants:
- For-profit and not-for-profit service providers
- Local government entities
- Individual persons
- Political groups

The following types of projects are not 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
- Funding for organizations located outside of Hillsborough County
- Fundraising, investment management costs, or employee salaries and other associated costs
- Gift cards/gifts
- Home improvements.
- Interior repairs or improvement
- 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, or Community Development Block Grant Program
- Projects that 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, awards, and associated costs

Pre-proposal Conference:

There are mandatory Neighborhood Mini-Grant Information Session, which will take place in person or online via GoToMeeting. Applicants can choose either an online or in-person training session, but registration is required for both types of sessions.

No application will be accepted without training verification code from a Mini-Grant Information Session.

The Mini-Grant Information Session will review the application, grant criteria, projects that qualify for the mini-grant and answer any questions you have regarding the mini-grant.

Online Go-To-Meeting 2019 session dates:
- June 25 at Noon
- July 2 at 3 PM
- July 11 at Noon
- July 15 at 4 PM
- August 8 at 6:30 PM

To register:

In-person 2019 session dates:
- July 8: SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin
- July 18: Seffner -Mango Library in Seffner
- July 23: County Center - MultiFunction Center in downtown Tampa
- August 6: Bloomingdale Regional Library in Valrico
- August 15: Town-N-Country Regional Library in Tampa

All in-person sessions start at 6:30 PM

To register: or call Neighborhood Relations.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2020 Neighborhood Mini-grant application acceptance period is June 12 - August 30, 2019 at 5:00 PM. Recipients will be notified by November 1, 2019.

Only one grant is awarded per qualified neighborhood association.

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

Any project using grant money to improve property or facilities owned by a city or county government must provide dollar-for-dollar matching funds from the city or county toward the approved project.

Register/Update Neighborhood Association Information:

Contact Information:

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

Submit the completed application by hand or mail to:
County Center
Office of Neighborhood Relations
601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 28th Floor
Tampa, FL 33602

Applications will also be accepted by mail and by fax:
Fax: (813) 272-7078

Office of Neighborhood Relations at (813) 272-5860.

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