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Neighborhood Initiative Grant Program (NIGP)

Grants to Sarasota County, Florida Resident Groups and Civic
Organizations for Neighborhood Improvement Projects

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Sarasota County Neighborhood Services

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09/03/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Sarasota County, Florida civic organizations, homeowner's associations, and resident-based groups for small projects to improve local neighborhoods. Neighborhood representatives must attend a seminar before applying, and applicants must notify the funding source of their intent to apply.

The Neighborhood Initiative Grant Program meets its objectives through five project themes:

- Character – “place-making” through the creation or enhancement of assets that are a source of neighborhood pride and identity
- Leadership – training neighborhood leaders or teams, and developing skills, for neighborhood governance or action
- Safety – equipping the neighborhood with knowledge or tools to prevent, prepare for, confront or respond to incidences of crime, danger or disaster
- Environment – protecting water & energy resources, and native plants & animals
- Health – increasing access to nutritious diets, physical or mental fitness opportunities, or health education

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178007

Estimated Size of Grant:

Matching grants of up to $10,000

Term of Contract:

Approved projects must be completed, and Final Report submitted, within one year of the BCC approval date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Homeowners associations, civic organizations and other resident-based groups located in Sarasota County may apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Completion of an Application Seminar is a mandatory step of the grant application process. Seminars are scheduled from February 15 through April 30. See the Cycle Dates document for a full schedule:

Neighbors with a Certificate of Completion date of more than three years ago are required to re-certify.

Application Seminars are free and materials will be provided. Seminars will include an in-depth explanation of the program details, processes, and application.

Twenty-four hour advance registration for any seminar is required.

Pre-Application Information:

Cycle Deadlines (Fall 2019, Cycle 32):

- Attend an application seminar no later than April 30, 2019
- Notify Neighborhood Services of Intent to Apply by 5 p.m. on July 1, 2019
- Submit completed application by 5 p.m. on September 3, 2019
- Applications will be reviewed by county staff in September
- Applications will then be evaluated and scored by the Neighborhood Initiative
- Grant Advisory Committee on September 26, 2019 (tentative date)
- Applications will be presented to the Sarasota County Commission for their approval on November 6, 2019 (tentative date)

Neighborhood Services offers grants to neighborhoods that are willing to match funding through cash, in-kind donations, professional labor or volunteer hours.

The application process takes approximately seven months to complete:

1. A neighborhood representative attends a mandatory application seminar.
2. The neighborhood notifies Neighborhood Services of its intent to apply, thereby initiating consultations with county staff.
3. The neighborhood researches best practices, regulatory obligations, and costs; and determines how to make its match. The application is completed and submitted.
4. The neighborhood receives feedback from Sarasota County staff, and is given the opportunity to respond. Staff comments and neighborhood responses are then shared with the Neighborhood Initiative Grant Advisory Committee (NIGAC) members.
5. The neighborhood sends a representative to attend the NIGAC scoring meeting. The NIGAC scores and recommends applications for approval. Applications are scored on Public Benefit, Community Support, Community Need, and Community Strengthening.
6. The Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) approves the applications


Contact Information:

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

For more information about the grant process and to register for a seminar, contact:

Sarasota County’s Neighborhood Services
(941) 861-5000

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USA: Florida: Sarasota County