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Neighborhood Development Grant Program

Grants to Roanoke, Virginia Neighborhood and Community Groups
for the Beautification and Enhancement of Local Neighborhoods

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Roanoke Neighborhood Advocates (RNA) and City of Roanoke - Office of Neighborhood Services

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01/25/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants ranging from $250 to $25,000 to Roanoke, Virginia neighborhood organizations, community groups, and neighborhood crime watch groups for projects and activities that improve neighborhood living on behalf of local residents. Funding is intended to enhance streetscape beautification, promote arts and cultural activities, and improve neighborhood cleanliness, safety, and security.

The Neighborhood Development Grant Program creates opportunities for volunteer community organizations to make their neighborhoods safer, cleaner, and healthier by providing them with the resources to achieve their goals. Through neighborhood development grants, volunteer community organizations have the opportunity to build community spirit, develop leaders within the neighborhood, show others that projects can be accomplished, and recruit volunteers to share in these efforts.

Funding supports projects that complement an organization's business plan, the city's neighborhood plans, the city's 2001-2020 Vision Comprehensive Plan, and/or the city's Arts & Cultural plan.

Projects must be supported by the membership of the neighborhood organization and not just the neighborhood leader. The most successful projects may require many volunteer hours to see the goals achieved.

Program Goals:

- To demonstrate collaboration with community groups and organizations
- To develop leadership within the neighborhood
- To encourage neighborhood residents to participate
- To enhance partnerships between community organizations and the city
- To improve neighborhood appearance
- To integrate arts and cultural activities into neighborhoods
- To promote healthier, safer and cleaner neighborhoods

Eligible Projects and Activities include projects that implement the neighborhood plan’s recommended action activities and projects such as streetscape improvement projects, crime prevention, neighborhood physical improvements, beautification and enhancement projects such as trees, community gardens, gateway signs, art and cultural activities, and projects that address neighborhood preservation, blight, safety, or security.

The City encourages the inclusion of diverse art forms in neighborhoods, parks, public schools, etc. Examples include public art projects, art festivals, showcasing of local art works and talent, and bringing in programs from Roanoke's arts and cultural organizations.

In the past, these grants have been used for a number of projects ranging from housing rehabilitation and lead paint abatement to the purchase and installation of period street lighting and trees, historical markers, and gateway signage.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166695

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grant program provides grants ranging from $250 to $25,000.

Term of Contract:

The project must be completed by June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Groups:

- Neighborhood / community groups, neighborhood crime watch groups

Neighborhood organizations and community watch groups are encouraged to apply for funding that support projects that complement their organization's business plan, the city's neighborhood plan, the City of Roanoke's Vision 2001-2020 Comprehensive Plan, and/or the city's Arts and Cultural Plan.

Ineligible Groups:

- Educational institutions
- Individuals
- Private and for-profit businesses and corporations
- Religious institutions

Non-allowable costs:

- Contributions and donations
- Entertainment (including meals and alcohol), refreshments
- Fees, fines and penalties
- Political activities
- Staff costs

Note: Dinners, parties, refreshments, political forums and other non-allowable costs included in your budget must be paid for with neighborhood funds and should not be included as part of your grant project.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational session on the FY 2019-2020 Neighborhood Development Grant Program is scheduled for Thursday November 15, 2018 from 6:30-8 p.m. in Room 159 of the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, 215 Church Avenue SW for any neighborhood organization planning on participating in the program. Attendance at this informational session is not required in order to participate in the Neighborhood Development Grant Program. However, applicants are responsible for carefully reading and understanding the program’s participation criteria. As such, it is strongly recommended applicants attend this session if your neighborhood organization is interested in competing for FY2019-2020 grant funding. Copies of the FY2019-2020 Neighborhood Development Grant Application package will be distributed during this session.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due in the Neighborhood Services office by 5:00 p.m. on or before Friday, January 25, 2019.

Neighborhood Development Grant (NDG) Process Chart:

- Neighborhood Organizations submit Neighborhood Development Grant Application(s) on or before (Friday January 25, 2019)
- The RNA Grants Review Committee evaluates applications and makes funding recommendations to RNA for approval (Feb 2019).
- RNA reviews recommendations and votes on projects to receive funding and funding amounts. (Feb 2019 RNA meeting)
- Neighborhood organization receives letter noting tentative funding decision made by RNA pending City Council / HUD approval (March - April 2019)
- Neighborhood organization(s) notified of City Council approval and/or HUD (May 2019)

Grant application packages will be available at the Office of Neighborhood Services, Room 312 North in the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building and/or online November 16, 2018. Assistance in completing the application is available by calling the Office of Neighborhood Services.

Submit the completed application form with attachments for each project, or you can submit your completed application with attachments online or electronically by scanning them into a single document and emailing the Neighborhood Services office.

Submit a separate application for each project. If a group wishes to apply for funding for more than one unrelated project (i.e. a neighborhood sign and to attend VA Statewide Neighborhood Conference), a separate application must be submitted for each project as each application is considered separately during the review process. In addition, each application must be accompanied by a copy of your organization’s bylaws along with copies of the Treasurer’s Report and Meeting Minutes from your organization’s most recent past two (2) meetings. Organizations without bylaws are only eligible to receive a maximum of $500.00.

A project that requires involvement of city departments must be pre-approved in writing by the affected department and submitted with the application.

A Neighborhood Development Grant Program workshop is held in early November. Interested applicants are strongly urged to attend. (See Pre-Proposal Conference above.)

Neighborhood Development Grants can also be used as a match or leverage for even larger projects funded by foundations and/or businesses.

The neighborhood organization is not required to provide a match in the form of in-kind donations, volunteer services, and/or cash; however, when the application is being evaluated by the RNA Grants Review Committee, points will be given for a project that leverages or combines funding from sources that contribute to the project and thus does not rely solely on financial assistance from the city.

Contact Information:

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

For the online application portal:

For assistance in completing the application, phone or email:

Office of Neighborhood Services
Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, Room 312 North
215 Church Avenue SW
Roanoke, VA 24011

For questions, you may also phone 540-853-6879 or contact any RNA member at

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