The 15th annual Neighborhood Partners Fund (NPF) application process has begun, offering registered city of Las Vegas neighborhood associations the opportunity to apply for a maximum of $5,000 to help improve the quality of their neighborhoods. The NPF, a real "do-it-yourself" program for neighborhoods, allows the city to support citizen creativity, empowerment and responsibility. The deadline for applications is Aug. 9, 2012.
Landscaping projects, senior citizen home safety programs, mural projects, or other proposals related to community improvement are types of neighborhood improvement projects that may qualify under this grant. The program requires neighborhood associations match the city's grant with cash, volunteer time, or in-kind services and goods donated to the project. Projects are required to take place within city limits and neighborhood boundaries, and include direct resident involvement in all phases of the projects.
Applicants are encouraged to register and attend one of six workshops being scheduled throughout the city of Las Vegas to learn about the program and the automated method of applying for the grant. Applicants will use ZoomGrants to submit their applications. No paper applications will be accepted. To register for a workshop, call (702) 229-6681. Workshops are scheduled:
- July 7, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at Mirabelli Community Center, 6200 Hargrove Ave.
- July 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Centennial Hills Community Center (YMCA), 6601 N. Buffalo Drive.
- July 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Durango Hills Community Center (YMCA), 3521 Durango Drive.
- July 21, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at Doolittle Community Center Multipurpose Room B, 1950 N. J St.
- July 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Veterans Memorial Leisure Services Center Classroom 6, 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive.
- July 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center Conference Room 1, 250 N. Eastern Ave.
After the submission deadline, applications will be reviewed for basic requirements and eligibility. The applications will be further evaluated by the Neighborhood Partners Fund Board, whose 13 members are appointed by the Mayor and City Council. All applicants will be required to make a 10-minute presentation of their projects to the NPF Board. Funding recommendations from the NPF board on these projects will be presented to the Mayor and City Council for final approval at the Oct. 17, 2012, City Council meeting. The NPF grant funding year (for this cycle only) will be Oct. 18, 2012, through June 20, 2013. Additional information about NPF is available on the city of Las Vegas website. Residents looking for more information can contact Maria Castillo-Couch at (702) 229-6681.