If you’re looking for new ways to be more connected with your neighbors, the city’s neighborhood services office has two different grants that might help.
The Vibrant Neighborhoods grant provides up to $ 25,000 in funds to support neighborhood projects in Fort Collins that are co-imagined, developed and led by residents and local stakeholders.
Any project that improves a neighborhood or helps foster community development is eligible, and applicants are encouraged to be creative.
Here are some ideas to help you start brainstorming with your neighbors: public art installation, series of events, bicycle parking or repair stations, murals of electrical transformer cabinets, shared tool library, common rest areas, etc.
Whatever your vision for your neighborhood, staff are available to answer questions about preliminary project ideas. Grant funds should be used to improve or align with existing city goals, projects or plans.
To apply, start by collaborating with your neighbors and local stakeholders through a public forum to discuss everyone’s vision for your neighborhood. You should plan your event with a member of Neighborhood Services staff.
A facilitator will help your group find the project that best suits your neighborhood. Once your group has selected a project idea, you can move on to the next steps in the application process. For all the details, visit fcgov.com/neighbourhoodservices/vng.php.
The city also offers Neighborhood Social Grants to help you organize a barbecue, block party, ice cream, neighborhood clean-up, or any other activity that allows you to get together with your neighbors. Up to $ 400 is available to support your event.
Applications are available online at fcgov.com/neighbourhoodservices/grants.php. Applications should be sent on March 16 for events taking place from April 1 to June 15. Applications for subsequent events will be available after the close of the first round.
We believe that residents are our most valuable resource, and we look forward to working with you to promote improvements and community development activities in your neighborhood.
Sylvia Tatman-Burruss is the Outreach Specialist for the City’s Neighborhood Development Review. She can be reached at 970-224-6076 or [email protected]