Hillsborough County, Fla. (April 18, 2017) - What could your neighborhood association do with a little extra money?
Hillsborough County's Office of Neighborhood Relations is now accepting applications from neighborhood associations for mini-grants of up to $2,500 for projects aimed at bringing neighbors together and boosting community pride.
Applicants are encouraged to be creative and original. The mini-grants can be put toward a wide variety of projects, such as neighborhood celebrations, children's programs, community gardens, signs and landscaping, crime watch programs, safety equipment, websites, newsletters, and leadership training. Neighborhood, civic, homeowner, and crime watch associations in Hillsborough County that are registered with the Office of Neighborhood Relations are eligible to apply, including those in Tampa, Plant City, and Temple Terrace.
The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4.
Applicants must participate in an informational webinar before submitting their requests. The webinars will review the application, grant criteria, and projects that qualify for the mini-grant, and answer questions regarding the program. Participants can view the webinar online or listen in via phone.
The informational webinars are scheduled:
A verification code sent at the completion of the webinar must be included on the application in order for the proposal to be considered.
For an application, to register for the mandatory training, and for complete information about the mini-grants process and requirements, go to HCFLGov.net/Neighborhoods and click on the "Neighborhood Grants Available" link, or call the Office of Neighborhood Relations at (813) 272-5860.
The neighborhood mini-grant program was established in 1988 by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. Grants for fiscal year 2018 funding will be awarded in October 2017.