SARASOTA COUNTY – For more than 15 years, Sarasota County has provided matching grant opportunities to help improve communities and neighborhoods. Now, the county is preparing for the next round of grants by offering application seminars starting in February. Applicants must attend a two-hour application seminar to be eligible for the program, which awards up to $10,000 in matching funds to a single neighborhood. This year, the seminars have been approved by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation as a continuing education course for community association managers. Seminars will be offered during the months of February, March
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Last year, the Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners awarded nearly all of the Neighborhood Initiative Grant Program’s $99,000 to 14 neighborhoods located throughout the county.
“The grant program offers a wonderful opportunity to improve the character, safety, environment, health and leadership of your neighborhood,” Lansdale said, adding, “The seminars will help communities learn more about the process, and how you can make a positive impact on your community.”
Jane Grogg, manager of long-range planning and neighborhood services, also recommends neighborhood representatives attend the Manasota Neighborhoods Summit Friday, Feb. 22. The half-day summit is a joint effort hosted by neighborhood services staff from Manatee and Sarasota Counties, and the cities of Sarasota and Bradenton. The summit will promote best practices on a variety of neighborhood topics and provide continued educational opportunities. Registration for the summit is available online.
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