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Neighborhood Program Mini-Grant

Grants to Renton, Washington Neighborhood
Associations and Groups for Community Projects

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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City of Renton

Deadline Date:

11/10/17 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $500 to Renton, Washington neighborhood associations and groups for small projects that enhance a neighborhood’s quality of life and improve public safety. Applicants must ensure they are officially recognized as neighborhoods prior to applying. Funding may also support small projects that positively engage and reinvigorate the neighborhood.

Examples of eligible projects may include neighborhood clean-ups, renting venue space for neighborhood group meetings, small art projects, or reinvigorating a neighborhood association through educational opportunities. Neighborhood matching grant funds have resulted in many physical improvements in the neighborhoods, as well as community strengthening activities.

“Officially Recognized” Renton neighborhoods are eligible to receive funds from the City of Renton Neighborhood Programs division for small neighborhood projects. In order to receive funding, neighborhood groups will have to complete and submit an application that demonstrates their ability to organize and manage a small neighborhood project that accomplishes the following:

-The project incorporates a number of neighborhood volunteers to implement the project
-The project increases the livability of the overall neighborhood
-The project has a sustained positive impact for both the neighborhood and surrounding community.

Grant Ideas:
-Doing a neighborhood clean-up
-Providing safety classes (Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), “Map Your Neighborhood”, First Aid or CPR classes)
-Buying supplies for IKEA Renton River Days parade (for a float or props)
-Financing a space to hold a neighborhood meeting
-Reinvigorating a neighborhood association
-Doing physical improvements
-Providing educational workshops and/or art projects
-Holding a special event
-Hosting a neighborhood "Screen on the Green" movie night
-Compensating permits for events, activities or workshops (when applicable)

Potential Mini-Grant Project Ideas:

-Community Building Events: Neighborhood holiday celebrations, Renton River Days Parade entry, outdoor health/recreation (walking, biking, running) events, and emergency preparedness training

-Physical Improvement Projects: Landscape beautification, playground and minor park improvements, tree planting, and clean-up

-Neighborhood Identity Projects: Signage, neighborhood entrance beautification, banners, and public art

-Leadership Training and Education Sponsorship of board members or residents to the Leadership Institute, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Neighborhoods USA Conference, etc.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176265

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $500

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-Organized neighborhood associations and Community Areas (CA) that draw membership from from a commonly recognized geographic neighborhood in the City of Renton and have been officially recognized as such by the City.
-Neighbors, civic groups, who have organized to provide a benefit to a neighborhood community and have been sponsored by an organized neighborhood community association to do so.

Grant funding can only be used for public purposes and cannot result in any benefit to
individual citizens, or prevent attendees from participation in the event.

Unallowable costs include but are not limited to:
-Alcohol Purchases
-Food or Beverage (Food or beverage funding is only available within the Block Party Grant)
-Political Campaigning
-Homeowner Association Business Expenses
-Age restrictive Events
-Already Completed Events
-Tool/ConConstruction Equipment Purchases (Rental is permitted)
-Fuel

Pre-Application Information:

A dollar-for-dollar match is required. The match can be in the form of volunteer labor, in- kind contributions, or cash contributions. The required Neighborhood match should demonstrate project buy-in and commitment from the community.

To be eligible for the 2017 Neighborhood Mini-Grant, your neighborhood will need to have registered as an "officially recognized" Renton neighborhood located within the City limits. To become registered as an "officially recognized" Renton neighborhood please fill out the Recognized Neighborhood Application (attached below) and submit via email.

The 2017 Mini-Grant Application will be available year-round starting in May 2017. Completed applications must be submitted by November 10, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

Neighborhood mini-grant projects are eligible for grant funding until November 10, 2017; or until all mini-grant funds have been exhausted by recognized neighborhood groups. If grant funding is not awarded, the neighborhood group will be granted another opportunity for submission.

If a proposed grant project requires a permit or City Department approval, contact should be made with the appropriate Department prior to submission.

The project must be completed prior to submission for financial reimbursement.

More information about Recognized Neighborhoods may be found here:
http://rentonwa.gov/living/default.aspx?id=2220

Contact Information:

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

425-430-6595
neighborhoodprogram@rentonwa.gov

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: City of Renton