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Neighborhood Matching Grants (NMG) Program

Grants to Charlotte, North Carolina Neighborhood
Organizations to Enhance the Quality of Life

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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City of Charlotte

Conf. Date:

08/15/19

Deadline Date:

09/01/19 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants to Charlotte, North Carolina neighborhood-based organizations to enhance the quality of life for local residents. Applicants must attend a workshop prior to applying for a grant. Funding is intended for projects that make Charlotte’s neighborhoods better places to live, work, and play.

The program’s purpose is to:
- Build neighborhood capacity and participation
- Allow neighborhoods to self-determine improvement priorities
- Leverage citizen involvement and resources to revitalize and reinvest in low and moderate income neighborhoods
- Stimulate development of partnerships between City and community groups

Project Opportunities:
The NMG program seeks to support projects and programs that demonstrate shared benefit with a goal of improving neighborhood quality of life.

All projects must meet the following minimum criteria:
- Occur within Charlotte’s city limits
- Provide a public benefit and be free and open to all members of the community
- Be initiated, planned and to the greatest extent possible, implemented by community members

Organizations are encouraged to be creative and many projects may be considered. The projects featured below are commonly supported through the NMG program. NMG funding requests may include multiple projects provided that the above minimum criteria are satisfied. Certain projects may have additional requirements or restrictions based on eligibility Tier.

Examples of eligible projects include the following areas:
Art & Beautification
Festivals and Special Events
Public Safety
Organizational Development:
Programming
Recreation
Property Enhancement
Resource Conservation
Signage
Community Garden
Marketing and Branding
Neighborhood Cleanup

For more information on the above areas, see
https://charlottenc.gov/HNS/CE/NMG/Documents/NMG_FY19_ProgramGuidelines.pdf#page=3

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175199

Estimated Size of Grant:

Tier I - Median assessed property value up to $104,110:
- Neighborhood Associations and HOAs can apply for up to $25,000 per application. There is no maximum per year.
- Neighborhood Coalitions can apply for up to $25,000 per application. There is a $25,000 maximum per fiscal year.

Tier II - Median assessed property value between $104,111 to $181,703:
- Neighborhood Associations and HOAs can apply for up to $10,000 per application. There is no maximum per year.
- Neighborhood Coalitions can apply for up to $10,000 per application. There is a $25,000 maximum per fiscal year.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be achievable within 12 months of contract execution.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following neighborhood based organization types are eligible to apply within the NMG program geography:
- Neighborhood Associations
- Homeowners Associations (HOA)
- Neighborhood Coalitions
- Resident Organizations in Tax Credit Funded Rental Communities

The eligible geography for Neighborhood Matching Grants is based on median assessed home values. The threshold for eligibility is a median tax value below $181,703. Eligibility is updated based on citywide property revaluation.

- Tier 1: NPA Median Assessed Property Value less than or equal to $104,110
- Tier 2: NPA Median Assessed Property Value $104,111 to $181,703

To review your organization's geographic eligibility, enter your street address in the search box of the following map: http://arcg.is/1RYFV9g

Organizations in areas outside of the highlighted Tier I and Tier II geographies may still be eligible if the median assessed property value within the boundary of their neighborhood falls within the designated values above. If you feel your neighborhood may meet these criteria, please call program staff to provide your neighborhood boundary and have staff determine eligibility.

Opportunities for ineligible organizations:

The City of Charlotte recognizes that there are many groups that contribute to neighborhood quality of life. Ineligible organizations including business associations, schools and other organizations are encouraged to partner with eligible organizations to support projects that contribute toward accomplishing shared goals. The eligible organization must be the lead applicant.

Ineligible expenses:
- Personal use items
- Entrance fees
- Raffles/giveaways
- Entertainment (bands, DJs, clowns)
- Annual plants (perennials permitted)
- Food and beverages, unless determined to be an integral component of an educational program
- Operating expenses (rent, utilities, salaries, maintenance bills, insurance)
- Efforts previously funded through NMG program
- Efforts that duplicate existing public or private programs

Pre-proposal Conference:

Attendance at a workshop is required prior to applying for a grant.

Pre-application Workshops:
- August 7, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Mountain Island Branch Library (4420 Hoyt Galvin Way)

- August 12, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Hickory Grove Branch Library (5935 Hickory Grove Road)

- August 14, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
West Boulevard Branch Library (2157 West Boulevard)

- August 15, 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Steele Creek Branch Library (13620 Steele Creek Road)

Please visit the Neighborhood Training Programs and Resources page to register for your preferred Workshop: https://charlottenc.gov/HNS/CE/CommunityInfo/Pages/NeighborhoodTrainingPrograms.aspx

For workshops offered at Old City Hall, participants may attend in-person or remotely (Internet and phone access required). If interested in attending remotely, please contact Nicole Storey.

Pre-Application Information:

Submit the online application by 11:59 PM on the date of application deadline (March 1st, June 1st or September 1st).

Please allow approximately 12 weeks from application submission for clarifications, project consideration and contract signing to occur before beginning grant funded projects or volunteer activities. As an example, an application deadline of March 1 would have an approximate contract signing date of May 23. You may only purchase goods/services and count match activities after the contract has been signed.

Match Requirements:
Neighborhoods are required to match awarded grant funds 1:1, meaning for every dollar granted a matching amount must be provided through one or more of the following methods:
- A minimum of 50% of all funds granted must be matched through volunteer time.
- A minimum of 25% of the required match must be contributed by the applying organization.

Cash contribution:
- From the applying organization: Proof of available funds is required via bank statement, budget, etc
- From Individuals or supporting community partners (businesses, nonprofits, etc).

In-kind contribution:
- Goods and/or services received for free or at reduced cost,

Volunteer time:
- Volunteer Time must be pledged using the ‘Volunteer Pledge Sheet’
- Volunteer time is calculated at $24.14 per person per hour
- Up to 20 hours of related pre-application activities may be counted towards your match, Volunteer Sign-In sheets are required

Grant funds are not awarded in advance; funds are released on an ‘as needed’ basis by the submission of invoices and/or receipts for approved items to the NMG office for processing.

How to Apply:
https://charlottenc.gov/HNS/CE/NMG/Pages/HowToApply.aspx

FAQ:
https://charlottenc.gov/HNS/CE/NMG/Pages/FAQs.aspx

NMG Program Basics & Eligible Activities:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YNpXuSoxMI&feature=youtu.be

Project Know How & Application Process:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q4vRo9XKu0&feature=youtu.be

Application Pointers and Grant Approval Process:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEYwhqib2as&feature=youtu.be

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:
https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=charlottenc

Trenton Huntley
Trenton.Huntley@charlottenc.gov
704-336-4594

Each neighborhood is assigned a Community Engagement Staff Liaison(s) to help your organization get organized, troubleshoot challenges and access resources including grants. Find your liaison here: https://charlottenc.gov/HNS/CE/ServiceAreas/Pages/default.aspx

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: City of Charlotte