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Neighborhood Partnership Grant Program

Grants to Sarasota, Florida Neighborhood Associations to
Enhance the Quality of Life of Local Neighborhoods

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City of Sarasota

Deadline Date:

01/28/19 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $2,000 and grants of up to $3,000 to Sarasota, Florida neighborhood, community, business, homeowner, and resident associations and coalitions of associations to enhance the quality of life of local residents. Eligible projects will creatively address local neighborhood needs or align with one of the following areas of focus: beautification, children and youth, membership and communication, crime reduction, events, and community identity.

Projects for Consideration:

The following is a sample list of projects/programs to be considered for funding. Ideas are not limited to this list - neighborhood leaders are encouraged to be creative in addressing their individual neighborhood needs:

-Beautification – community clean-ups, landscaping in public rights-of-way, minor park improvements.
-Children/Youth – short-term neighborhood operated programs which would benefit children (after-school/summer program,
tutoring/mentoring), neighborhood-based sporting events.
-Communication/Membership – web sites, newsletters, advertising, membership drives, directories.
-Crime – signage, newsletters and items associated with neighborhood crime watch operations. Video devices may be
considered, as long as they can be affixed in a secure location.
-Events – supplies, notices, entertainment, rentals for festivals/celebrations.*Special events must obtain applicable City permits
-Identity – signage, logo design, membership t-shirts.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179170

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum award amount is $2,000 per City recognized association/entity, per fiscal year. Associations/entities with 1,000 parcels/units or more may request up to $3,000.

Term of Contract:

Funds are expected to be available for expenditure the first week of March 2019 and all dollars must be expended prior to September 30, 2019. No expenses may be incurred before City Commission approval date and staff authorization.

Ongoing multi-year projects are not eligible.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Neighborhood, Resident, Homeowner, and Business Associations and Coalitions of Associations, within the City of Sarasota, and on record with the Planning Department, are eligible for grant funding.

The following is a sample list of projects/programs that would not be eligible for funding:
-Capital items (any individual item over $500 that would require tracking by City property control, excluding signage/ surveillance camera equipment).
-Computer hardware/software and other electronic devices and related equipment.
-Food and/or provisions for festivals/celebrations.
-Ongoing multi-year projects.
-Ongoing or operational costs (including salaries/personnel).
-Projects/programs already funded from another source (including current operating budgets).
-Projects/programs that have already been completed.
-Projects typically funded under other sources such as City (or County) department operating budgets, Capital Improvement Program, Community Development Block Grant Program.
-Projects which conflict with existing City plans/policies.

Pre-Application Information:

A 50% match is required at all levels. For example: A request for $2,000 in grant funds requires
matching funds in the amount of $1,000—the total project cost would be at least $3,000. Matching funds may be in the form of volunteer labor ($20/hr), donated services, goods/materials, in-kind contributions, and/or cash. The match must be substantiated with a signed Contribution/Match Worksheet (page 6) as part of the neighborhood grant application. City resources may not be used as matching funds. Matching funds are not transferable to other projects.

The City of Sarasota will be accepting Neighborhood Partnership Grant applications until Monday, January 28, 2019, 4:00 PM.

Grant funds are to be disbursed as either direct payments to vendors or reimbursements to associations with a valid checking account. In order to reimburse an association, the following items must be submitted: 1) Invoice from the association to the City of Sarasota; 2) Vendor receipts marked “paid” and/or credit card receipts; 3) Copy of front/back of cancelled checks if vendor was paid by check. All vendors receiving direct payment from the City must complete a W-9 (and any other necessary paperwork) and file with the City of Sarasota Financial Administration Department. Associations without a valid checking account will be limited only to direct payments to vendors.

Contact Information:

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

City of Sarasota
Planning Department
1565 First Street
Third Floor Annex, Room 301A
Sarasota, FL 34236

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: City of Sarasota