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Guidelines and Eligibility

What is the purpose of this program?

  1. To encourage and support civic engagement and the work of neighborhood association members who are committed to improving the quality of life in their neighborhood and their city through their volunteer efforts.
  2. To promote resident participation and resident leadership in neighborhood associations.
  3. To invest in and build on the existing strengths and assets of neighborhoods.
  4. To demonstrate through this program how Neighborhood Partnerships can effectively support neighborhoods.

How would a Neighborhood Association qualify to apply for a grant?

  1. Neighborhood leaders must have graduated from Neighborhood Leadership Training (NLT) and live in the applying neighborhood association's boundaries. At least one leader must attend Neighborhood Leadership Council (NLC) meetings.
  2. At least one Neighborhood Leadership Council member must attend the annual grant application workshop.
  3. Grants are for resident-led Neighborhood Associations (NA) operating with elected officers. At least one NLC member must serve on the Board at all times. The NA must conduct at least eight meetings per year. Monthly meetings are encouraged. All projects must be specific to the geographical area defined as the NA.
  4. Grant dollars not used during a grant cycle will not be carried over unless you have written authorization.
  5. Funds cannot be used for projects that primarily benefit a church.
  6. Funds cannot pay for staff.
  7. Beautification projects that clean or clear an area of trash, graffiti or unsightly conditions that detract from the neighborhood's appearance are encouraged. Permanent fixtures, (i.e. trashcans), must be installed on public property.
  8. Landscaping projects must be permanent improvements to the area. (i.e. shrubs/trees)
  9. Neighborhood associations must successfully complete two NPGP Phase I Neighborhood Grant applications in two consecutive years before applying for a Phase II Grant. During this time the NA Chairman must be a NLT Graduate and NLC member.
  10. Neighborhood associations may apply for 501(c)(3) status if they so desire. If using a fiscal sponsor instead, you must have your fiscal sponsor complete the Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement and provide a copy of their (the fiscal sponsor's) most recent IRS letter indicating 501(c)3 tax-exempt status.
  11. Supplies/Equipment/Tool Projects may address blight/slum conditions (i.e. overgrown, unmaintained property as identified and agreed upon by neighborhood residents), with permission, on property that is unmaintained due to inability of property owner to maintain (i.e. disabled, elderly or disadvantaged property owner). A "tool" project must be accessible to neighborhood residents and be controlled and maintained by the neighborhood association. Projects involving equipment/ tools must be planned in coordination with the association's ability to complete the projects.
  12. Neighborhood association leaders must be available to discuss the grant application with Foundation staff, and answer any questions concerning the project if deemed necessary. This meeting may take place at Stark Community Foundation or in your neighborhood. You will receive a phone call to set up a time for the interview.

Examples of Possible Projects

Neighborhood Meetings/Organizing

Civic Engagement Activities

Neighborhood Strategizing

Neighborhood Surveys

A Neighborhood Directory

Clean-ups/Beautification

Neighborhood Festivals

Youth and Family Activities

Neighborhood Identification

Neighborhood Newsletters

Neighborhood Gardens

Neighborhood History Documentation

Submission of a grant application does not guarantee that the request will be approved. Grants are awarded via a competitive process. The NPGP reserves the right to make changes to these guidelines and eligibility requirements. The NPGP Committee reserves the right to determine/adjust the amount of funding to be awarded to the neighborhood association.

If you have questions please contact Marilyn Thomas Jones at Stark Community Foundation, 330-454-3426 or mtjones@starkcf.org

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