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Love Your Block Mini-Grant

Grants to Massachusetts Residents in Eligible
Regions for Community Beautification Efforts

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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City of Boston

Conf. Date:

03/25/20

Deadline Date:

04/24/20

Description:

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Grants to Massachusetts residents and groups in eligible regions to support community beautification efforts. Grant funds may be used for promotional materials, food, or materials. Eligible projects include planting projects, improving community centers or parks, and installing public art. Projects must be completed within the City of Boston.

Love Your Block is a new neighborhood beautification program by and for residents. The Office of Neighborhood Services is offering mini-grants and coordinated city services to support groups of residents that design their own neighborhood improvement project.

Applications are invited for projects that meet a neighborhood need and have community support. For example: a community garden on a vacant lot to reduce loitering and litter and provide a community gathering space and fresh produce. Other examples are: park or community center improvements, creating a mini-park or plaza, tree or flower planting, a public art installation and more. Be creative! Get together with fellow residents and brainstorm what you’d like to see in your neighborhood.

Grant funds are for material costs such as tools, paint, seeds etc. Additionally funds may be used for printing promotional materials such as flyers or providing snacks for volunteers on project days.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164063

Number of Grants:

The number of grants will be determined based on the applications received.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards will be based on project needs.

Love Your Block's new tiered grant options:
- Up to $3,500 - For proposed projects in partnership, having one or more sponsors not including Love Your Block.
- Up to $1,250 - For proposals that would like to start a new Love Your Block project.
- $700 - For proposals that would like to continue improving an established neighborhood project.
- $300 - For previous grant recipients that would like to build on to a previous Love Your Block project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Anyone within Boston can apply for the mini-grants, but they must organize a group of volunteers who will conduct the project and care for it long-term.

Funds are not intended for use as salaries or stipends.

Pre-proposal Conference:

March 7: Grant writing workshop at Mattapan library: https://www.boston.gov/node/36081

March 13: Grant writing workshop at City Hall: https://www.boston.gov/node/34861

March 25: Grant writing workshop at Tobin Community Center: https://www.boston.gov/node/33841

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: April 24, 2020

Spring Timeline:
- March 6: Application go live
- March 7: Grant writing workshop at Mattapan library
- March 13: Grant writing workshop at City Hall
- March 25: Grant writing workshop at Tobin Community Center
- April 24: Application deadline
- To be deterimined: Mandatory mini-grant recipient orientation

Contact Information:

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

Please fill out the form to indicate your interest in the Mini Grant program and have an application sent to you: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdReE40XhfTVpt0tvN3tum5sKjOlnO8FyRlVfTBR04J2JFAHQ/viewform

For questions, contact:
617-635-3308
loveyourblock@boston.gov
1 City Hall Square
Room 805
Boston, MA 02201

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: City of Boston

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