Neighborhood Grant Program


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.

2015/2016 Neighborhood Grant Application

City of Tempe Neighborhood Grant Allocation Summary 

Neighborhood Grant PowerPoint Presentation  



One hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) has been allocated for grant proposals of a communitywide benefit. 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.

Tempe’s Maryanne Corder Neighborhood Grant Program was created 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

Applicants are welcome to coordinate efforts and submit a joint application that combines resources for mutually beneficial community projects. For example, any combination of neighborhood and homeowners’ associations and crime free multi-housing communities can partner together on improvements that benefit all members of the community, such as a traffic calming or park project.

Eligible & Ineligible Projects

To be eligible for funding, a project must be a capital improvement project that benefits the entire neighborhood rather than just a few residents.  Capital funds may only cover project completion costs and CANNOT BE FOR OPERATION/MAINTENANCE costs these projects may impose.  Projects that would fix a self-imposed code violation or that don’t meet city code are also ineligible.   Projects must be a one-time expenditure and be completed by the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2016. 

Homeowners’ association and multi-housing community requests should be for enhancements only  and may not be for maintenance projects covered in annual budgets such as entry gates, roofing repair, common ground and pool maintenance, painting, road repair (for private streets) etc. -- these would NOT be funded. 

Previous grant projects include, but are not limited to: energy conservation, security lighting, traffic calming, landscape and beautification, park improvements, signage and art projects. 

The City’s Neighborhood Service Team (NST) allocates grant funds referencing the following guidelines:
1. Improves health and safety of residents
2. Benefits a significant number of residents and the City at large
3. Addresses a known neighborhood deficiency
4. Complements other neighborhood projects (private or City)
5. Provides an environmental benefit, such as water and/or energy conservation
6. Enhances the aesthetics of the neighborhood
7. Accessible to all members of the community

*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.


Prior to submitting the application, applicants must contact and/or meet with appropriate staff members.

All Projects - Neighborhood Services


City Right of Way – Gregg Kent

Public art - Maja Aurora

Traffic Calming – Steve Horstman

Parks/playgrounds – Oliver Ncube

Signage - Dean Miller

Landscape/Walls/Security lighting/Access control – Steve Abrahamson

Procedure for application:
Send the application contents with an original signature and attachments to Neighborhood Services by Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. This date is not a postmarked deadline, late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applications will first be processed through Preliminary Site Plan Review.  All noted revisions required as a result of this staff review need to be incorporated into the grant application submission.

Preliminary Site Plan Review is NOT the grant application process, NOR is it the approval of the design. This is a function of physical planning to assure coordination with all city departments and utilities affected by a proposed site modification. Project scope may change as a result of the review, which could necessitate new bids.

After preliminary site plan review, grant applications are reviewed by a panel of city staff representing all city departments and/or divisions, including a site visit.  Staff will make recommendations for approved projects and funding to the City Council. The City Council will review the recommendations during an Issue Review Session and formally vote on the funding amounts at a formal City Council meeting. All grant applicants will be notified of funding decisions and requirements in writing.

  • Contact applicable staff - Friday, March 6, 2015
  • Application deadline - Thursday, April 2, 2015
  • Preliminary Site Plan Review - Week of April 13, 2015
  • Submit revisions based on Site Plan Review if necessary - Monday, May 4, 2015
  • Neighborhood Grant panel review - Week of May 11, 2015
  • Tempe City Council review and approval - June 2015           


  • City staff contacted regarding grant project (see provided list)
  • Application form (limit to four pages provided)
  • Preliminary Site Plan Review submittal form
  • Proof of notification (i.e. sample of newsletters and/or postcards sent to all residents)
  • Drawings and/or pictures describing the project - color is preferred
  • Bids for project work
  • Minimum of two itemized bids, including appropriate permit fees and sales tax
  • Bids solicited from licensed, insured contractors
  • The amount requested must match a bid amount
  • If on city property, only one bid may be necessary if required to use city contractor
  • ¨Any other background information - See City of Tempe Zoning and Development Code: for more details
  • Lighting projects must include lighting plans, light fixture schedules, light fixture cut sheets, bulb type and proposed source of electrical feed.
  • Landscape projects must include landscape plans, details, proposed plant list, irrigation source and proposed retention (black line drawing with symbols in legend, plant sizes and species).
  • Wall, fence or gate projects require elevations, dimensions, details and site plans (black line drawing). Label property lines, right-of-way lines, and sight distance lines.
  • Signage projects must include elevations of signs, dimensions, all text, what materials and colors will be used and note if lighting is involved.  Label property lines, right-of-way lines, and sight distance lines.
  • If public area, show dimensions on sidewalks, playgrounds, etc. to meet accessibility requirements.

One application must be submitted per project.  Materials will not be returned. The application must be legible or typed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper.