Community grant programs, also known as small grant programs, support projects initiated by neighborhood groups to revitalize and improve their neighborhoods. Typically the supported projects further a larger initiative being undertaken by the sponsoring group (a parks and recreation department, neighborhood/planning departments, or non-profit community development organizations), and foster community involvement, participation and ongoing stewardship.
The grants programs vary in structure from matching grants to full, outright grants. Generally awards range from $500 or less, up to as much as $10,000. Projects can involve youth programs, public art, community greening, clean-ups, park revitalization and stewardship
Grants nurture the neighborhood groups by providing guidance, technical assistance and skills training so that the neighborhood groups will be able to sustain themselves beyond the conclusion of the project. Take a closer look at a range of such grant programs from around the U.S.:
- Savannah’s Grants-For-Blocks Program
- Seattle Neighborhood Matching Fund
- Philadelphia Green’s Parks Revitalization Initiative
- Baltimore Parks & People Foundation’s Grants Program
Compiled by intern Sarah Andress, Urban Parks Institute