City of Boise
Grants to Boise, Idaho neighborhood associations for capital and neighborhood planning projects that enhance the quality of life and promote a strong sense of community. Applicants are required to attend one of the workshops held on November 9, 15, or 28.
Neighborhood input is a valued aspect of the program. Active neighborhood associations are invited to generate ideas for Neighborhood Investment projects. Preference will be given to projects that align well with other City priorities.
Eligible projects will contribute to strong and healthy neighborhoods through resident involvement and engagement in the identification, planning, and implementation processes. Funded projects will provide a public benefit to all members of the community. Projects approved in the past include:
- Community Garden, Central Bench Neighborhood
- Playground Equipment, Cynthia Mann Elementary, Collister Neighborhood
- Electrical Service, Borah Park, Borah Neighborhood
- Boise Hills Park, Bike Path and Landscaping – Boise Heights Neighborhood
Neighborhood Mini-Grants fund neighborhood association projects that enhance neighborhood livability and encourage a strong sense of community. The grants reimburse neighborhood associations for costs up to $2,000.
The Mini-Grant program provides neighborhood associations with funds to complete non-capital projects that enhance their neighborhood’s livability, such as clean up projects that benefit the whole neighborhood.
Successful projects will focus on improving the neighborhood’s safety, appearance, and resident engagement through projects, communication, and events.
Projects should improve the neighborhood’s
livability. Examples include:
- Cost of printing services for neighborhood newsletters
- Cost of dumpsters and porta potties for neighborhood cleanup projects
- Clean up supplies (paint, gloves, garbage bags etc.)
- Neighborhood safety plan equipment (such as vests or flashlights)
- Rental equipment costs
Eligible Mini-Grant expenses include (but are not limited to) costs for printing and mailing neighborhood newsletters, refreshments for neighborhood events, communication platforms, community garden tools, liability insurance, landfill fees, clean up supplies (paint, gloves, garbage bags, etc.) and dumpster and porta potty rental and delivery charges.
GrantWatch ID#: 176150
Mini-Grants may be up to $2,000.
Mini-Grant funds will be available October 1, 2018 - September 15, 2019.
Capital projects not completed within three years due to Neighborhood Association inactivity will be canceled.
City Registered Neighborhood Associations are eligible to apply for grants. Individuals and community groups must work with their neighborhood association to apply.
Neighborhood Associations must have been in existence for at least one full year to be eligible to apply for a project totaling $10,000 or more.
All projects must be planned in public spaces (eligible locations include public right of way areas, City parks, or on Boise School District grounds).
Homeowners associations are not eligible for these grants.
Ineligible Mini-Grant expenses include routine maintenance, ongoing operating expenses, after-event parties, or any expenditure deemed by the City to be inconsistent with the grant program purpose, or not allowed by law. Mini-Grants may not be used to purchase alcoholic beverages.
All neighborhood associations interested in submitting a project application are encouraged to attend the City Project Manager Open House event for an opportunity to discuss project ideas, plans, and feasibility.
Neighborhood associations will be required to attend a ZoomGrants workshop this year.
City Project Manager Open House: September 26, 5-7 PM at the Dick Eardley Senior Center (690 Robbins Rd.)
- November 9, 6:30-7:30 PM, Library! at Cole & Ustick (Sagebrush Room);7557 W. Ustick Rd., Boise , ID 83704
- November 15, 6:30-7:30 PM, Library! at Hillcrest (Lemhi Room); 5246 W. Overland Rd., Boise , ID 83705
- November 28, 6:30-7:30 PM, Library! at Bown Crossing (Martie Brennan Room); 2153 E. Riverwalk Dr., Boise , ID 83706
Program Information and Application Instructions: http://energize.cityofboise.org/toolkit/zoomgrants/
Video on Zooomgrants:
Boise’s neighborhood planners are available to help neighborhoods refine project scope. Please call 208-570-6834 for help with a proposal.
In-kind match, including cash and volunteer hours is encouraged and will strengthen your application.
Associations applying for a project totaling $10,000 or more will be required to hold at least one neighborhood outreach event to solicit feedback on the project before the application is submitted.
All capital projects must have the approval of a City Project Manager at least six weeks prior to the closing of the grant cycle (deadline: December 20, 2017).
- City Project Manager Open House: September 26, 5-7 PM at the Dick Eardley Senior Center (690 Robbins Rd.)
- Applications accepted: November 1, 2017 through January 31, 2018
- July 2018: Project funding announcement
- October 2018: Project implementation begins
Applications, along with the necessary supporting documentation, must be submitted via ZoomGrants no later than midnight on January 31, 2018.
Boise City staff will manage all capital projects in consultation with the Neighborhood Association. Mini-Grants are managed by the Neighborhood Association, and are paid on a reimbursement basis.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
USA: Idaho: City of Boise