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Grants to Virginia Neighborhood and Community Organizations
in Eligible Areas for Initiatives that Benefit Local Residents

Neighborhood Development Grant Program

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

Deadline Date:

01/24/20 5:00 PM Receipt if delivered to the office. Online submissions are due by midnight.


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Virginia neighborhood organizations and community watch groups in eligible areas for projects that benefit local residents. The purpose of the grant program is to advance the safety, cleanliness, and health of communities. Funding is intended to benefit the residents of Roanoke, Virginia.

Eligible projects include neighborhood physical improvements such as:

  • Trees
  • Community gardens
  • Gateway signs
  • Art and cultural activities
  • Projects that address neighborhood preservation, blight, safety, or security
  • Public facilities

For more information on eligible project types, click here:

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 our neighborhoods
  • To promote healthier, safer and cleaner neighborhood

Priority will be given to capacity-building projects. For more information, click here:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166695

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Neighborhood Development Grant program provides grants to undertake projects ranging from $250 to $15,000.

Term of Contract:

Proposed projects should be able to be completed by June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible groups include: neighborhood and community watch groups. Ineligible groups include: educational institutions, individuals, private or for-profit businesses and corporations, and religious institutions in Roanoke, Virginia. Applicants should have Current SCC, State Corporation Commission enrollment and 501 (c) 3 status, or they will need to pay the tax outside of the grant funds.

Non-allowable costs:
- Contributions and donations
- Entertainment (including meals and alcohol)
- Fees, fines and penalties
- Political activities
- Staff costs
- Liability insurance or bills
- Fund a program that provides money to an individual
- Purchase of equipment

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational session on the FY 2020-2021 Neighborhood Development Grant Program will be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 6:00 pm-7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers 4th Floor-Municipal South at 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 requested or an individual one-on-one group session can be scheduled with the neighborhood in order to participate in the Neighborhood Development Grant Program. Applicants are responsible for carefully reading and understanding the program’s participation criteria and new requirements. As such, it is strongly recommended applicants attend this session if your neighborhood organization is interested in competing for FY2020-2021 grant funding.

Pre-Application Information:

Pre- proposal conference: November 19, 2019.
Applications are due by 5:00 PM on Jan. 24, 2020 if delivered and midnight if submitted online.

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.

Applicants must include a valid email address, phone number, and DUNS number. If you do not have a valid DUNS number, please see to obtain one at no cost.

There are two different funding streams: City Funds and CDBG Funds. City funds are intended for neighborhoods that are not CDBG eligible. CDBG Funds are intended for low moderate census areas. For a full list of which neighborhoods are eligible for the funding streams, click here:

Contact Information:

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

To apply using the online form, click here:

Submit your application (PDF) to the Office of Neighborhood Services, Suite 364 South, 215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke VA, 24011. You can also submit your application and attachments through an online form or by scanning and submitting your completed application by email to If you have any questions, please contact Tonya Pickett, Neighborhood Services Coordinator, at 540-853-1647 or Keith Holland, Community Resources Program Administrator, at 540-853-6404.

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