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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:

08/09/18

Deadline Date:

09/01/18 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 one of the workshops scheduled for the end of July through the beginning of August. 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.

Art & Beautification:
- Landscaping
- Trail improvements
- Murals
- Benches
- Community art
- Tree planting
- Decorative signal cabinets

Festivals and Special Events:
- National Night Out
- Back to school events
- Music/art festivals
- Cultural festivals
- Community Day
- Neighborhood history walk
- Community cares day

Public Safety:
- Street lights
- Traffic Calming
- Security fences
- Security cameras
- Neighborhood Watch group
- Crime watch signs
- Speed limit signage

Organizational Development:
- Community Asset mapping
- Membership drives
- Printing/mailing
- Yard signs (meeting date, yard or volunteer of the month, etc)
- Strategic planning
- Nonprofit registration

Programming:
- Nuisance prevention
- Cultural programs
- Health and wellness
- Senior programs
- ESL programs
- Computer training/Digital Literacy
- Little Free Library

Recreation:
- Park enhancements
- Playground/fitpark equipment
- Athletic fields
- Trails
- Bike racks
- Outdoor chess/checkers/games
- Stages/performance space

Property Enhancement:
- Infrastructure improvements
- Community centers
- Mailboxes
- Trash receptacles
- Dumpster enclosures
- Decorative fencing
- Curb Appeal improvements

Resource Conservation:
- Water, energy and waste reduction initiatives / recycling campaigns
- Community gardens
- Rider amenities in areas adjacent to transit stops
- Bike racks
- Pet/waste receptacles

Signage:
- Sign toppers
- Neighborhood Identification
- Entrance monuments
- Way finding signage
- Garden signs
- Can do signs
- Event signage and banners

Community Garden:
- Community gardens
- Greenhouses/hoophouses
- Butterfly gardens
- Community cookbook
- Training and education

Marketing and Branding:
- Logo/brand development
- Website development
- Brochures/marketing collateral
- Neighborhood directory
- T-shirts, pens, stickers, magnets

Neighborhood Cleanup:
- Curb appeal improvements
- Street adoption
- Community/vacant lot clean-up
- Stream clean-up
- Landscaping

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:

Pre-application Workshops:

- July 24, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
- July 25, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
- August 6, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
- August 9, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Please visit the Neighborhood Training Programs and Resources page to register for your preferred Workshop:
http://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 Kirsty Sanchez.

Attendance at a pre-application workshop is required. If your neighborhood representative is unable to attend a scheduled workshop, you may view or revisit the workshop presentations using the links below:

NMG Program Basics & Eligible Activities:
https://youtu.be/9YNpXuSoxMI

Project Know How & Application Process:
https://youtu.be/3Q4vRo9XKu0

Application Pointers and Grant Approval Process:
https://youtu.be/SEYwhqib2as

Pre-Application Information:

Submit the 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.

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:

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): Contribution Template required

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

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.

About the Program:
http://charlottenc.gov/HNS/CE/NMG/Pages/About.aspx

Project Opportunities:
http://charlottenc.gov/HNS/CE/NMG/Pages/Opportunities.aspx

Eligibility:
http://charlottenc.gov/HNS/CE/NMG/Pages/WhoCanApply.aspx

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

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

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

Kirsty Sanchez, NMG Program Manager
704-336-4594
kirsty.sanchez@charlottenc.gov

If you need help planning your project or are unsure if your project qualifies, please contact the neighborhood liaison for your area:
http://charlottenc.gov/HNS/CE/ServiceAreas/Pages/default.aspx

John Short, Northeast Community Engagement Manager
jshort@charlottenc.gov

Charlenea Duncan, Northeast Community Engagement Liaison
csduncan@charlottenc.gov

Randy Harris, Northwest Community Engagement Manager
rgharris@charlottenc.gov

Cherie Grant​, Northwest Community Engagement Liaison
cherie.grant@charlottenc.gov

Kim Barnes, Southeast Community Engagement Manager
kbarnes@charlottenc.gov

Eugene Bradley, Southwest Community Engagement Manager
ebradley@charlottenc.gov

Millicent Powell, Southwest Community Engagement​ Liaison
mpowell@charlottenc.gov

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: City of Charlotte