August 2008 

In The Neighborhood

City Offers A Variety Of Grant Programs To Help Neighborhoods, Parents And Youth-Led Projects

Eighteen city neighborhoods recently received funding for a variety of projects that will improve their communities and bring residents together. The City Council approved $55,000 in funding as part of the Neighborhood Partners Fund program.

The program, which has existed since 1998, funds a variety of projects that improve safety, beautify or otherwise enhance neighborhoods across the city. The recipients are neighborhood associations registered with the city and each must match the grants through volunteer labor and other types of donations. This year’s recipients include funding for a back-to-school fair, a public arts project and a road beautification project, to name just a few. A complete list of recipients can be found here.

The city administers other grant programs to help youth-led groups and parents. The Youth Neighborhood Association Partnership program, or YNAPP, provides up to $1,000 in individual grants for neighborhood programs that are initiated by valley youngsters. Examples of past projects include murals, neighborhood cleanups and tutoring programs.

The Parents as Learning Support program, or PALS, provides grants of up to $8,000 for parents who have ideas for programs that will enhance their children’s education. Past projects include sports activities, obesity prevention, computer training, parenting classes and homework clubs.

Both projects require that the recipients match the amounts in volunteer labor, donated materials or funding for the project.

Further information on these grant programs, including application forms and deadlines, can be found on the city’s grant program Web page.

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