Mini-grants for neighborhoods available

Today the city starts taking applications for mini grants up to $2,000 for neighborhood projects.

The application period for the BUILD/KC grants lasts until 5 p.m on June 28. The city press release says projects chosen will be those that foster partnerships, provide a public benefit to the community and can be completed by April 30, 2014.

Also, all grants require a matching contribution of volunteer labor, donated materials and/or in kind services.

More information and grant applications are at or at the Neighborhood Services Division on the fourth floor of City Hall, 414 E. 12th St.

Some examples of eligible projects are community gardens, neighborhood cleanups, art programs and youth development programs.

To be eligible, groups must meet these criteria:

  • Must represent a geographic area, such as a neighborhood or cluster of neighborhoods.
  • Must demonstrate broad-based community support for and participation in proposed project
  • Must perform the project within the geographic area in which applying
  • Must demonstrate proof of partnership (formal letter of support)
  • Must have active, identifiable leadership recognized and elected by its members
  • Must demonstrate fiscal accountability and have an established process to manage grant funds that includes a current checking account in the name of the organization
  • Must be a not-for-profit neighborhood organization in good standing and incorporated in the state of Missouri
  • Must have the capacity to complete the proposed project by April 30, 2014
  • Must have submitted an annual registered neighborhood summary report from the previous year.

For more information on the program, contact Tiffany Drummer, neighborhood services division at 816-513-3210.

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