Applications are currently available for the City’s spring 2012 Love Your Block grant award program. Local nonprofit organizations have until February 29, 2012 to apply. The block revitalization program gives up to 10 organizations $500 to purchase supplies and equipment necessary to implement a neighborhood block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers. Project implementation will take place from May 1 to June 30, 2012.
Last fall’s pilot round of Love Your Block included a popup café, community gardens, a rain garden, memorial restoration, athletic complex renovation and vacant lot remediation. Grantees impacted 47 blocks by collecting 5,860 pounds of litter, creating 16 green spaces, leveraging over $8,800 of donations and recruiting over 680 volunteers.
Applicants for the Spring 2012 program must be a qualified nonprofit organization or have the support of a nonprofit fiscal agent, and the impacted area must be within City limits. Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on February 29, 2012; late applications will not be accepted. Applicants will be notified of their status by late March 2012. A mandatory grantee orientation will take place on April 16, 2012, location and time will be announced to grantees at a later date.
The City will give special consideration to projects that demonstrate a creative solution to an ongoing neighborhood issue, address one or more vacant lots, engage local and/or veteran volunteers, and leverage other partnerships or additional donations. City leaders will meet with the awardees and deploy City services such as trash collection and graffiti removal to support the projects, as feasible. A full list of available City services can be found in the Love Your Block applications.
Love Your Block is made possible, in large part, thanks to the Home Depot Foundation donation of $10,000 in the form of $500 Home Depot gift cards. The selected projects each receive one gift card. Love Your Block is also supported in part by Corporation for National Community Service and AmeriCorps VISTA program.