Neighborhood Grant Program

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Tempe’s neighborhood grant program supports efforts to improve and enhance community spaces and cultivates opportunities for neighbors to commission artwork and other improvements. View art in neighborhoods supported by the Public Art program.

The fiscal year 2017/2018 neighborhood grant cycle is closed. Funded projects will be announced in June. The fiscal year 2018/2019 grant application will be available soon.

HELPFUL LINKS

Neighborhood Grant Workshop Presentation for FY2017-2018 grant cycle

Neighborhood Grants Allocation Summary and successful neighborhood grant applications from the last two grant cycles

Funding
The total available funding is $175,000 with additional funds available for projects that meet water conservation criteria. The maximum grant amount is $10,000. A match of at least one half (1/2) of the total project cost is required for homeowner associations and multi-housing communities. Associations may combine efforts and submit a joint application.

Background
Tempe’s Maryanne Corder Neighborhood Grant Program was created in 1994 as a means to invest in resident-initiated projects designed to enhance the quality of life in our neighborhoods. Applications are solicited on an annual basis. The program was renamed the Maryanne Corder Neighborhood Grant Program by the City Council in November 2004 in honor of the City’s first Neighborhood Program Director.

Eligible Applicants
1. Neighborhood Associations in Tempe registered with the Neighborhood Services Division
2. Homeowners’ Associations in Tempe registered with the Neighborhood Services Division
3. Apartment communities that are fully certified in the City’s Crime Free Multi-housing Program

Project Parameters
To be eligible for funding, a project must be a capital improvement project that benefits the entire neighborhood. Including, but not limited to:

  • art
  • landscaping /xeriscaping
  • neighborhood identification signage
  • park or playground improvements
  • walls or street frontage improvements
  • water conservation improvements
  • enhanced lighting or energy conservation projects
  • traffic calming (speed humps, traffic circles, medians)
Grant Evaluation Criteria
Applications are evaluated based on how well the project meets each of the following
  1. Provides an environmental benefit, such as water and/or energy conservation, shade
  2. Enhances the aesthetics of the neighborhood
  3. Accessible to all members of the community
  4. Improves health and safety of residents
  5. Addresses a known neighborhood deficiency
  6. Complements other neighborhood projects (private or City)
  7. Addresses how project will be maintained in the future
  8. Engages the neighborhood in the planning, development, and creation of the project
  9. Completeness of application (are all elements present and have appropriate staff discussions taken place)
*Please note that a preference may be given to those associations that have not previously received funds.

Community Involvement
It is important to have community involvement early on and throughout the project process. All residents of the community must be notified of the opportunity to apply for a grant, provided a chance to propose and comment on project ideas, and be included in the final selection of the project. Applicants should plan out and document how the community is going to be involved in the selection of a project as well as the execution.  Grant projects can provide an opportunity for hands on involvement from residents, such as planting trees or creating elements of an art project.

MORE INFO:

Neighborhood Services

480-350-8234
neighborhoods@tempe.gov