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Neighborhood Pride Grant Program
Wooden blocks with community imagesBlock-by-Block Neighborhood Pride Grant Program

The City of Norfolk’s Block-by-Block Neighborhood Pride Grant Program is offering civic leagues and neighborhood associations financial assistance to improve their neighborhoods one block at a time! The Department of Neighborhood Development will accept new applications for the next round of grant opportunities in mid-summer 2018.
 
The program is a resource that provides opportunities for residents to:
  • engage with their neighbors to design, develop and implement their own neighborhood improvement ideas and projects
  • develop and enhance relationships with the City
  • build mutually productive collaborations with local public and private businesses
  • acquire and utilize new and sustainable skills

The city offers three categories for Block-by-Block – Matching grants, Mini grants, and Retain Your Rain Mini Grant.


Matching Grant

Through the provision of matching grants, civic leagues/neighborhood organizations can receive up to $2500 to undertake a neighborhood improvement project. Applicants must match funding to at least 50% of the amount granted by the city. Eligible matches may be cash, quantifiable in-kind contributions, and volunteer time. 

Mini Grant
Have a smaller project that just needs a little help? The city now has a mini Block-by-Block Grant. This is a full grant that provides up to $500 to a civic league or organization to fund a project or event that meets the program guidelines and requirements.

Grant Packet
Below is a link to the Block By Block grant packet.  The packet contains the Program Description and Guidelines; Frequently Asked Questions; a Matching Grant Application; and a Mini-Grant Application.  After reviewing the material, your group can decide whether to apply for the Matching Grant or the Mini-Grant and submit the appropriate application back to us.  For more information, call 757-664-4080 or   

 

Retain Your Rain Mini Grant 

Would you like to take on a green infrastructure project in your neighborhood? The city offers mini grants that provide up to $2,500 for Retain Your Rain projects like rain gardens. Retain Your Rain Mini Grants will be offered twice a year for spring and fall projects. Two projects will be selected for funding each year. Help us design the coastal community of the future!  For more information on Retain Your Rain, visit www.norfolk.gov/retainyourrain.  Questions? Call 757-441-2602 or email .  Northside_Food_Forest_-26_thumb_thumb.jpg


Summer Retain Your Rain applications are due September 2nd.


Eligibility

Any Norfolk civic league or neighborhood association that is a legal entity with non-profit status is eligible to apply. Proposed projects must be implemented in the neighborhood of residency. A group qualifying as a civic league must have:
  • Open memberships to all residents of the neighborhood
  • Officers (president, secretary, treasurer)
  • Bylaws (must provide a copy)
  • Regular meetings and meeting minutes
  • Legal entity - the organization must be a legal entity, non-stock corporation in Virginia and/or a federally designated 501(c) organization. [For more information on becoming a non-for-profit legal entity with non-profit status in the state of Virginia, visit the State Corporation Commission website or click here]