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Neighborhood Improvement Grant

Grants to Bloomington, Indiana Community Groups for
Capital Projects that will Enhance Public Spaces

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City of Bloomington

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03/26/18 4:00 PM


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Matching grants starting at $2,000 to Bloomington, Indiana neighborhood groups for non-traditional capital projects that will enhance or improve public spaces in local communities. A mandatory informational meeting will be held on January 29, 2018, and a letter of intent is due February 20, 2018.

Improvement projects include physical improvement projects, public art, and design for a future capital improvement. Projects should improve or enhance public spaces in the neighborhoods through capital expenditure.

Past projects include neighborhood signs, restoration of historic sidewalks, playground equipment, and landscaping.

The Neighborhood Improvement Grant is designed for a neighborhood driven process to complete projects that are supported by the residents. HAND does encourage partnerships, but the grant must be administered by member(s) of the neighborhood. Partnering institutions may not take the lead on projects requesting Neighborhood Improvement funds.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178750

Estimated Size of Grant:

Total project cost must be a minimum of $2,000.

Term of Contract:

All funds must be used by November 16, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are accepted from neighborhood-based organizations. A neighborhood-based organization is one:
- With a majority of its members residing or doing business in a commonly recognized neighborhood;
- Whose purpose, at least in part, is to improve the quality of life in that area. (Groups may be formed to complete a grant project only);
- That may include representatives from churches, schools, businesses, and other institutions operating in that neighborhood, as well as residents.

Ineligible Applicants: Single businesses, single institutions, single government agencies, political groups, individuals, and single religious organizations.

Ineligible Projects include:
- Projects that duplicate an existing public or private program.
- Projects that conflict with existing City policy.
- Routine maintenance of existing or prior projects.

Fee’s incurred for notification of interested parties, legal notices and applying for notices variance permits from city boards and commissions are allowable.

Please note that no more than 10% of the total amount of the grant shall be allocated for design work.

Time spent preparing and planning this grant application may not be counted towards your match.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Required Informational Meeting: Monday, January 29, 2018, 6:00 PM at Bloomington City Hall - McCloskey Room.

Pre-Application Information:

- Letter of Intent: Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 by 4:00 PM
- Technical Assistance Meeting - Scheduled with HAND staff
- Applications Due: Monday, March 26, 2018 by 4:00 PM
- Neighborhood Presentations: Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 6:00 PM

Neighborhood organizations must be able to match requested City funds at a 10% match.

Contact Information:

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

Submit hardcopy applications to:
Housing and Neighborhood Development Department
401 N. Morton St., Suite 130
P.O. Box 100
Bloomington, IN 47402

Vickie Provine, Program Manager
Phone: 812-349-3420
Fax: 812-349-3582

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Bloomington