Could your neighborhood association use a hand up to make improvements? Through the Hillsborough County Department of Community Relations, the Office of Neighborhood Relations is now accepting applications for its 2014 Neighborhood Mini-Grant Program to strengthen our communities.
Mini-grant awards of up to $2,500 are available to any organized Hillsborough County neighborhood or civic association, homeowner association (HOA) or neighborhood watch group recognized by a local law enforcement agency. For-profit entities, non-neighborhood groups, and HOA’s controlled by developers are not eligible to apply.
Hillsborough County’s popular Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program excludes funding for food or drink but may be used to fortify communities as follows:
- Signage and neighborhood identity development
- Events, workshops and festivals
- Crime Watch
- Communication efforts, such as websites and newsletters
- Beautification (planting, clean-up) for neighborhoods located within city boundaries
- Educational efforts, including disaster preparedness, at the neighborhood level
- Playground equipment, park benches, trash receptacles
To assist applicants, the Hillsborough County Office of Neighborhood Relations has prepared a training video about the mini-grant process and criteria. The online presentation and grant application may be found by visiting www.hillsboroughcounty.org/2014minigrant.
Applications may be submitted in person or by mail to: Hillsborough County Office of Neighborhood Relations, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 21st Floor, Tampa, FL 33602. Applications may also be faxed to: 813-272-7078. A maximum of one grant may be awarded per qualified neighborhood association or group. Deadline: applications must be postmarked by Friday, August 30. Award recipients will be notified by November 30.
The Mini-Grant Program was established in 1988 by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners to improve and revitalize communities, and strengthen neighborhood associations. Through the Department of Community Affairs, the Office of Neighborhood Relations serves as a liaison between neighborhood associations and county departments.
For more information on Hillsborough County’s 2014 Neighborhood Mini-Grant Program, visit www.HillsboroughCounty.org/ONR or call 813-272-5860.