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Neighborhood Improvement Grant

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

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City of Bloomington

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03/25/19 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. Applicants are required to attend a mandatory informational meeting and submit a letter of intent before applying.

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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 178750

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

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. Maintenance expenses may not be counted towards your match.

Pre-proposal Conference:

As a first step in the application process, a neighborhood representative will be required to attend the Informational Meeting. This meeting will explain the Neighborhood Improvement Grant application process.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the following location:
McCloskey Room of City Hall
401 N. Morton, Bloomington

Pre-Application Information:

- Letter of Intent: Monday, February 18, 2019 by 4:00 p.m.
- Technical Assistance Meeting - Scheduled with HAND staff
- Applications Due: Monday, March 25, 2019 by 4:00 p.m.
- Neighborhood Presentations: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

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

Proposals must be submitted as a hardcopy to the HAND office by the deadline.

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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USA: Indiana: Bloomington