Mayor Tom Henry today announced the launch of a pilot grant program for Fort Wayne neighborhoods.
Applications are now being accepted for the Neighborhood Improvement Grant, which is designed to support neighborhood projects that beautify public spaces and strengthen community involvement. Applications and information are available at www.FortWayneNeighborhoods.org by clicking on the resources menu item. Applications are due by September 3, 2018.
“I’m encouraged by the progress and excitement we’re seeing in neighborhoods throughout all of Fort Wayne,” said Mayor Henry. “This new grant program will encourage collaboration and innovation and allow neighborhoods to improve their public spaces while bringing residents together.”
The City’s Community Development Division will award grants up to $5,000 to registered Fort Wayne neighborhood associations or one of the City’s four Area Partnerships. Because the grant dollars come from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), only neighborhoods with a majority of households at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income will be eligible to apply (map available on website).
Community Development plans to award a total of $40,000 for the 2018-2019 Neighborhood Improvement Grant. After the projects are completed, staff will evaluate the program and may suggest changes based on observations and feedback from neighborhood groups.
Accepted projects must provide a capital improvement that enhances public spaces. Examples include community gardens, improvements to community centers, benches, public art or signage. Expenses such as routine maintenance, social events or operating expenses will not be covered.