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Love Your Block (LYB) Grant

Grants to Richmond, Virginia Neighborhood
Groups for Community Beautification Projects

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City of Richmond - Office on Volunteerism - Neighbor-To-Neighbor (N2N)

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In-kind grants valued at up to $250 to Richmond, Virginia resident groups to enhance the quality of life in local neighborhoods through beautification and improvement projects. Eligible projects will address negative cycles that impact the safety and well-being of the local community.

The City of Richmond proudly presents the Love Your Block (LYB) mini-grant opportunity in the form of gift cards. By way of the City’s Office on Volunteerism, Neighbor-To-Neighbor (N2N), this impact funding opportunity for community-based organizations will help harness the power of motivated volunteer residents.

LYB is a tested, high-impact service strategy in which the city engages community members in revitalizing their neighborhoods one block at a time. Engaged neighbors are far less likely to let their neighborhoods fall into disrepair and can act as a powerful force in preventing crime. Vital neighborhoods, with increased community involvement and spirit, lead to improved quality of life.

From 2012 through 2015, by way of generous support from Cities of Service and the Home Depot Foundation, the City provided competitive grants in the form of Home Depot Gift Cards to neighborhood groups to purchase the supplies needed for their local project - with possible support from City government services (as available and applicable) to support their efforts. Funding is now be provided for the LYB mini-grants by way of N2N.

LYB grants encourage community groups to identify priority projects and develop volunteer-fueled solutions in the following ways:

1. Improve resident perception of safety, with improved lighting, landscaping etc.
2. Reduce crime incidents and other gang/drug related vandalism with graffiti removal, and community garden initiatives.
3. Reduce trash through street cleanups/increase recycling.

Proposed projects must demonstrate clear community support and participation along with collaboration with neighboring block(s) and demonstrating inclusiveness of special populations (i.e., persons with disabilities). The proposed project must also provide a detailed description of the challenges on the block, as well as “before/after” photos for reporting purposes.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179415

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants provide up to $250 in the form of a Home Depot Gift Card.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to qualify, successful applications must demonstrate the following:
-Applicants reside and projects take place within the City of Richmond and include the participation of at least 25 residents, who are unrelated (not family) and reside within the same council district
-Groups have demonstrated a past working/project history. Applicant groups do not need to have nonprofit tax-exempt status such as a 501(c)3.

Ineligible Applicants:
-For-profit businesses
-Public institutions

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with awards being reviewed following the deadlines listed below.

A notification will be sent to applicants within three business days of grant proposal submissions.

Upcoming Important Dates:

-Application Deadlines: 3/16/18 (Round 12) and 8/17/18 (Round 13)
-Grantees Announced: April 2018 (Round 12), and September 2018 (Round 13)

Contact Information:

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

Applications may be mailed to:
701 N. 25th Street, 2nd Floor
Richmond, VA 23223

Or emailed to:

Direct questions to:
Ms. Jennifer Swinson
(804) 646-6612

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia: City of Richmond