Neighborhood Improvement Funds

City Program Aids Neighborhood Projects

Last updated Sep. 19, 2014 - 10:46 am

Your neighborhood group may be eligible for up to $1,000 in Neighborhood Improvement Funds from the City of Raleigh for projects that enhance and strengthen your neighborhood.

The City provides this funding to encourage you to get involved in making your neighborhood better. The funds enable groups of neighbors to carry out projects that they have initiated and planned on their own.

Types of Projects

Neighborhood Improvement Funds support projects designed by you and your neighbors for the benefit of your neighborhood. You are urged to develop proposals that make the most of resources and strengthen partnerships.

These three types of projects are eligible for Neighborhood Improvement Funds:

  • Neighborhood organizing
    To create, diversify, or expand membership in a neighborhood group for the benefit of the entire neighborhood or community.
    Examples: newsletters, outreach, Web pages
  • Physical improvement
    To physically improve a neighborhood or community.
    Examples: Landscaping, signs, park and playground equipment.
  • Non-physical improvement
    To organize and hold events and activities.
    Examples: Festival, celebration, training session, workshop, educational campaign.

Timeline

  • An application must be submitted at least six weeks prior to the start of the project.
  • The project must be complete within 12 months of funding.

Level One Funds

Open to neighborhood-based organizations, such as homeowners associations, as well as groups of individuals and families who want to work on a project together without forming an organization.

  • Maximum funding level is $250.
  • Applicants do not have to provide a matching amount.
  • Requests for funding will be approved or rejected within two weeks of submittal.

Level Two Funds

Open only to organizations on the Raleigh Neighborhood Registry. Many kinds of neighborhood-based organizations can be on the Registry, including neighborhood and homeowners associations, garden clubs and Community Watch groups.

  • Maximum funding Level is $1,000.
  • Neighborhood groups must provide a match of at least 50 percent of the costs of a project. (Groups in conservation and development areas must provide a match of at least 25 percent of a project's cost.
  • A match can be a combination of volunteer labor and donations, including material, professional services, and cash.
  • Requests for funding will be approved or rejected within three weeks of submittal.

Requirements

Project must:

  1. Provide a public benefit and be free and open to all members of the community.
  2. Emphasize self help, with ideas initiated, planned and implemented by the neighbors and community members who will be affected by the project.
  3. Demonstrate community involvement or match.
  4. Occur within the City of Raleigh or its extraterritorial jurisdiction.

Organization Eligibility:

  1. An organization may receive funding for one project per year, regardless of funding level.
  2. An organization's chair, president, or organizing leader must sign a contract indicating that if Neighborhood Improvement Funds are misused, the funds will be repaid to the City of Raleigh or the group will forfeit its right to submit future funding requests.
  3. An organization must submit a brief report to the Community Services Department on the project's success.