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Neighborhood Matching Grants

Matching Grants to San Luis Obispo, California Residents
for Projects that Enhance the Neighborhood

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City of San Luis Obispo - Community Development

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02/12/18 5:00 PM Receipt dropped off, mailed or emailed


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Matching grants ranging from $250 to $5,000 to San Luis Obispo, California residents and property owners to support grassroots projects that support neighborhoods. Applicants are required to discuss their project with the funding source before submitting an application. Residents of the neighborhood initiate, plan and implement the projects in partnership with the city. Neighborhood involvement and relationship building are key components of the program.

Grant requirements include:
- A match amount from the neighborhood equal to or greater than the grant request;
- Tangible neighborhood benefits;
- Documented neighborhood support and involvement;
- Project readiness; and
- Project sustainability, as described further below.

For every dollar awarded by the City, the neighborhood provides an equal or greater match consisting of volunteer labor, donated professional services, donated materials and/or direct financial contributions.

Projects may include, but are not limited to:
- Physical improvement projects that improve or enhance publicly visible areas of the neighborhood, including landscape improvements, tree planting, waterway enhancement, and natural area restoration activities.
- Events, activities and celebrations open to all neighborhood residents that encourage interaction and communication between residents.
- Initiatives that serve to create, expand or increase participation in a neighborhood organization, or promote an understanding of issues important to neighborhood residents.

The following types of expenses are reimbursable:
- Materials/Supplies (e.g., construction or planting materials, non-alcoholic refreshments, etc.)
- Printing/Reproduction (e.g., fliers, invitations, newsletters, etc.)
- Capital Purchases (e.g., signage, bike racks, etc.)
- Rentals/Lease (e.g., equipment, tools, chairs, tables, tents, PA system, etc.)
- Contracted Services (e.g., site planning, concrete pouring, etc.)
- Other Project Expenses (e.g., permit fees, insurance, etc.)

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GrantWatch ID#: 164088

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests may range from $250 to $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible to apply:
Proposals will be accepted from groups of people living or owning property within the neighborhood. A neighborhood group may be an existing group whose membership is from a commonly-recognized geographic area (e.g., neighborhood association, homeowners association) or an ad hoc group formed to work together on a specific project. Many areas in San Luis Obispo do not have identified neighborhood boundaries or organized representation; therefore it is up to the group applying for funds to demonstrate that they are representing their neighborhood.

Although businesses or community-based organizations (public, private or non-profit) are not eligible to apply on their own, they may do so in active partnership with a lead neighborhood group.

Grant funds cannot be used for:
- Projects that conflict with existing City policies, standards or codes
- Duplication of existing activities or services
- Operating expenses that are not directly related to the neighborhood project
- Projects fully outside the City limits
- Expenses or financial commitments made before the project contract is signed
- Funding for items or services not included in the project description
- Projects that require new connections to utilities
- Alcoholic beverages
- Public art projects (There is an existing program to support these types of projects. Please contact Public Art Manager)
- Neighborhood Traffic Management CIP projects (There is an established NTM program. Please contact the Transportation Manager)

Pre-proposal Conference:

If you are considering applying for a Neighborhood Matching Grant, please attend the Information Meeting on Monday, October 30, 2017, from 12-1 pm at 919 Palm St, Conference Room 1. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Pre-Application Information:

Final Applications are due by 5 pm on Monday, February 12, 2018. All applications should be dropped off, mailed or emailed to the Associate Planner. See Supporting Documents to download the application.

Grant Cycle Opens: Monday, October 2, 2017
Grant Information Meeting: Monday, October 30, 2017 from 12-1 pm at 919 Palm Street
Application Deadline: Monday, February 12, 2018 at 5 pm
HRC Funding Decisions: Wednesday April 4, 2018
Contracts Signed By: May 4, 2018
Projects Completed By: One year from signed contract.

It is required that applicants discuss their project with City staff before submitting a Project Application to gain a full understanding of project expectations and requirements. Contact the Associate Planner.

Requested grant funds must be matched by an equivalent amount of volunteer labor, donated materials and supplies or professional services.
The following types of donations and volunteer hours are eligible to be used as your project match:
- In-kind donations
- Volunteer hours

Applicants will need to identify someone as a fiscal agent. At completion of the project, the fiscal agent will submit receipts for reimbursement, along with project match and photo documentation of the completed project and the City will issue a reimbursement check.

If your project is awarded a grant, purchases that were clearly identified in the project budget will be reimbursed by the City.

Contact Information:

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

Rebecca Gershow, Associate Planner
Long Range Planning, Community Development Department,
919 Palm St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Melissa Mudgett, Public Art Manager Melissa Mudgett

Jake Hudson, Transportation Manager

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USA: California: San Luis Obispo