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Grants to Bowling Green, Kentucky Neighborhood
Organizations for Community Enhancement Projects

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City of Bowling Green

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07/12/19 4:00 PM Postmarked or Submitted


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Grants to Bowling Green, Kentucky neighborhood organizations to promote healthy and strong local communities. Applicants must attend at least one training session prior to applying. Possible projects include beautification, neighborhood organizing, professional services, organizational development, capital purchases, celebrating neighborhood/school partnerships, and organizational triage and troubleshooting.

A healthy neighborhood is:
-A place where it makes economic and emotional sense for people to invest their time, money and energy, and,
-A place where neighbors successfully manage neighborhood-related issues and neighborhood change.

Any neighborhood organization located in the city of Bowling Green that meets eligibility and matching fund requirements may apply for SNAP funding. For the purposes of SNAP, a neighborhood organization is defined as:
-A neighborhood watch group;
-A neighborhood association or other group of residents in a geographical area of single family and/or multi-family residences;
-A homeowner or condo association; or
-A tenant group or resident council in a multi-unit apartment complex or mobile home park.

Kinds of Projects:
- Neighborhood Organizing
- Neighborhood Beautification
- Capital Purchase Projects
- Neighborhoods & Schools Celebrating Partnerships
- Professional Services
- Organizational Development
- Organizational Triage & Trouble-Shooting

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181402

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant request must be for a minimum of $500, maximum award of $7,500.

Up to $500 may be requested for legal and/or accounting fees related to incorporation and/or establishing nonprofit, tax-exempt status.  No match is required for this type of project.

Up to $500 may be requested for a Neighborhood Organizing project, with no match required.  A request meeting this description is also exempted from the first time/repeat applicant rule.

Term of Contract:

There is a one year timeline for project completion.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Neighborhood Eligibility Requirements:
-Your neighborhood must be located within the City limits of Bowling Green.
-Your neighborhood must register annually with the Neighborhood Services Office. A registration form is included in the application packet.
-Your neighborhood must be active, meeting at least once per year.
-Your group must have been in existence for at least six months OR must have met at large within six months prior to application.
-Your group must have been represented at a designated Neighborhood Training Session (see list below).
-The boundaries of your neighborhood organization must include at least 20 households to qualify for a full grant award. Applicants representing neighborhoods with fewer than 20 households qualify for a fraction equal to their number of households.

Note:  Other nonprofit organizations working within the BG Reinvestment Area may apply for SNAP for neighborhood organizing and community building purposes; however, the application must demonstrate existing relationships with neighbors in the area and show their input and support for the project proposal

Extra Credit:
-First-Time SNAP Applicant: If your neighborhood has not participated in SNAP since 2015, you qualify as a first time applicant.
-Neighborhood located within the BG Reinvestment Area
-Extra Training
-Extra Match

Project Restrictions:
-No late applications will be considered for funding. 
-Applicants may submit more than one project for consideration, but funding of multiple projects is not guaranteed. Additional projects may be undertaken to boost matching requirements, increase neighborhood participation, or to employ a complementary “Strategy for Creating Healthy Neighborhoods.”
-Project location must be within the city limits of Bowling Green.
-Project activity must be fully compliant with the City of Bowling Green Code of Ordinances, Kentucky Revised Statutes, and all applicable codes, policies and procedures of the City of Bowling Green.
-Landscape and/or signage projects on right-of-way require approval by Public Works. Additional forms are required for these projects and must be submitted with the SNAP application.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants must have been represented at one of the following designated Neighborhood Training Sessions:

- Building Community in Bowling Green
Monday, May 20 at 6:00-7:30 p.m.
NCS Community Room
707 E. Main Avenue.

- Understanding Bowling Green's Neighborhood Ordinances
Tuesday, June 11 at 3:00-4:30 p.m
NCS Community Room
707 E. Main Avenue

-All About SNAP
Tuesday, June 4, 2019: 5:00-6:30 p.m.
NCS Community Room
707 E. Main Avenue

- All About SNAP
Tuesday, June 11, 2019: 5:00-6:30 p.m.
NCS Community Room
707 E. Main Avenue.

Please pre-register for these sessions by contacting Karen Foley.

Pre-Application Information:

Completed applications must be postmarked or submitted to the Neighborhood Services Office no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, July 12, 2019. Late applications may be rejected from consideration.

You may schedule a pre-submission review of your application by appointment only by emailing Karen Foley. Availability for review cannot be guaranteed after June 28.

A 20% match of the requested award amount is required. Match can be met through cash, in-kind donation, or volunteer labor valued at $15 per hour.  No match is required for a a project related to incorporation/non-profit or tax exempt status, or for a Neighborhood Organizing project equal to or less than $500.

Contact Information:

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

Completed applications must be postmarked or submitted to:
Neighborhood Services Office at Neighborhood & Community Services
P.O. Box 430
707 E. Main Avenue
Bowling Green, KY 42102-0430

Karen Foley

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