Feb. 23, 2011 

City Of Las Vegas Applications Available For Grants Of Up To $5,000 For Neighborhood Improvement Projects
Helpful Free Workshops Offered To Interested Applicants

The city of Las Vegas will accept applications for Neighborhood Partners Fund grants now through Thursday, April 21. Grants of up to $5,000 are available for neighborhood improvement projects that are planned and implemented by nonprofit neighborhood associations registered with the city’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department. Applicants also are required to match requested grant funds with volunteer labor, funding or other matching resources.
Applications are available at upcoming free workshops and at the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department office. These workshops will present information on how to develop a successful Neighborhood Partners Fund (NPF) project, how to apply for Nevada nonprofit status and specifics about the NPF program. Additional information is available online. Residents interested in the grants are encouraged to call 229-6681 to register for one of the workshops, which will be held at the following times and city of Las Vegas facilities:

Saturday, Feb. 26 – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 
Doolittle Community Center, 1950 N. “J” St., Multipurpose Room B

Tuesday, March 8 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 
Centennial Hills Community Center (YMCA), 6601 N. Buffalo Drive

Thursday, March 17 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Durango Hills Community Center (YMCA), 3521 Durango Drive

Tuesday, March 22 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Leisure Services Center, 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive, Classroom 6

Saturday, April 2 – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Mirabelli Community Center, 6200 Hargrove Ave.

Thursday, April 7 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave., Conference Room 2

To be considered, applications must be submitted to the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department office at 400 Stewart Ave., second floor, Las Vegas, NV 89101 by 4:30 p.m. on April 21. All applicants will be required to make a 10-minute presentation to the NPF Board to assist board members with their evaluation of the projects. The NPF Board will make its award recommendations to the City Council for approval on July 6, 2011.

In 2010, 19 neighborhoods representing all six city wards received NPF grants for beautification and physical enhancement projects, safety improvement and communications, senior engagement, and cultural and community events.

Las Vegas Cultural Corridor To Feature Health And Nutrition Programming In March

The Cultural Corridor in downtown Las Vegas will be celebrating March as National Nutrition Month with a variety of health-themed programs at several institutions on Las Vegas Boulevard North.

Lied Discovery Children’s Museum will host the Junior League of Las Vegas program “Kids in the Kitchen” on Saturday, March 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This special day of fun and engaging activities and demonstrations on food and nutrition is available to all kids and families with regular museum admission. For more information, go onlineor call 382-KIDS.

Las Vegas Natural History Museum will present “Bone Health and the Importance of Calcium” with special guests from Anderson Dairy on Saturday, March 5. The museum will explore some of the amazing features of the human body with fun, quick tasks all month long.  “Weekend Science” activities are set for 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Saturdays and at 1:15 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 384-3466.

The Las Vegas Library is hosting a six-week program, “An Ounce of Prevention/Mas Vale Prevenir,” to help reduce the risk of diabetes, starting with an information meeting on Monday, March 28, presented in Spanish at 5 p.m. and English at 6 p.m. Workshops will be held every Monday from April 4 through May 9. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 507-3514.

The Cultural Corridor, located on Las Vegas Boulevard between Bonanza Road and Washington Avenue, is a nonprofit coalition consisting of seven institutions: Cashman Center, Las Vegas Natural History Museum, Las Vegas Library, Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, The Neon Museum, Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park and Reed Whipple Cultural Center. For more information, visit CulturalCorridorVegas.org.

Helping Keep Ward 5 Green 

The city of Las Vegas is takng steps to make sure West Las Vegas becomes a green, walkable community. Later this month, the city's Department of Planning will meet with residents of the Berkley Square neighborhood to discuss the Berkley Square Tree Planting Project. The city of Las Vegas has received a grant for 185 trees to be planted within the public landscape strips between the roadway and sidewalk. This will help create a memorable, walkable community, promote homeowner investment, increase property values and provide shade and cooling. Installation of the drought-tolerant trees will be through a community-wide volunteer planting event. The trees for this project have been awarded by the Nevada Division of Forestry in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service. Funding for this project is provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Clark County Urban Forestry Revitalization and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. 

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