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Neighborhood Mini-Grant

Grants to Florida Neighborhood Associations
and Districts for Community Improvements

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC)

Deadline Date:

12/04/20 5:00 PM Postmarked or Received

Description:

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Florida civic, neighborhood, and homeowner associations, special taxing districts, and crime watch programs in eligible locations to improve communities and promote civic involvement. Applications must demonstrate community support and involvement in both the application and implementation phases of proposed projects and programs. Applicants must be located in Hillsborough County.

Proposed projects must directly involve and engage the community as active participants and must address needs or improve the quality of life in one of the following categories:

  • Neighborhood Identification: “place-making” through the creation or enhancement of assets that are a source of neighborhood pride and identity
  • Leadership Empowerment: training neighborhood leaders or teams, and developing skills, for neighborhood governance or action
  • Safety Opportunities and Education: equipping the neighborhood with knowledge or tools to prevent, prepare for, confront, or respond to incidences of crime or danger 
  • Environmental Enhancements: protecting water and energy resources, and native plants
  • Health and Wellness Engagement: increasing access to nutritious food, physical or mental fitness opportunities, or health education
  • Emergency Preparedness: increasing neighborhood resilience to natural disasters like hurricanes, etc.
  • Neighborhood and Community Innovation: unique projects that bring neighbors together, solve a problem, or celebrate neighborhoods 

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 Friday, July 30, 2021; no exceptions.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Neighborhood, Civic, Homeowner Associations, Crime Watch Programs and Special Taxing Districts in Hillsborough County are eligible.
- To qualify for mini-grant funding, neighborhood and stakeholder groups must meet the criteria for funding eligibility and be registered in the Neighborhood Directory with Hillsborough County Neighborhood Relations prior to applying. - 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 Letter of Understanding has been properly executed and signed by all parties.
- 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-Application Information:

-Online Neighborhood Mini-Grant Training: Available Friday, Oct. 9, 2020
-Application Deadline: Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 by 5 PM
-Grants Awarded: Week of January 18, 2021
-Letter of Understanding Deadline (only for awarded grantees): Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 by 5 PM
-Mid-term Report Deadline (only for awarded grantees): Thursday, April 1, 2021 by 5 PM
-Final Report Deadline (only for awarded grantees): Friday, July 30, 2021 by 5 PM

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.

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

The training for the Neighborhood Mini-Grant Program is not mandatory this year. However, completion of the online Neighborhood Mini-Grant training is strongly encouraged. The 2021 Neighborhood Mini-Grant training is a short video overview featuring tips to help ensure your application is submitted correctly with all the required documents.

Mini-Grant Training Session: https://youtu.be/g-Hu7s3NQtQ

Register/Update Neighborhood Association Information: https://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/residents/property-owners-and-renters/homeowners-and-neighborhoods/action-folder/register-or-update-your-neighborhood-association

Contact Information:

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

Application: https://hcflgov.formstack.com/forms/neighborhoods_minigrant_application

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

Department of Neighborhood Relations
Neighborhood-Relations@HCFLGov.net
(813) 272-5860

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