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Neighborhood Grant Program

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2020/2021 Neighborhood Grant Application  

Neighborhood Grant Pop-Up Sessions

Need some extra help putting together your grant application?  Join us at a pop-up mini session to help answer your project proposal questions as you prepare your grant application.  Each session will have a specific focus so come to the session matching your project type when  staff with expertise in that area will be on hand or choose the session that best suits your schedule.  Neighborhood Services staff will be at each Grant Pop-Up too.  No need to RSVP, just show up with your ideas and questions and get some guidance! 

Arts & Parks projects from 8 to 9 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 at Jaycee Park, 817 W. 5th St.

Traffic Calming projects from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 at Celaya Park, 601 W. Vaughn St.

Landscape, Walls, Signage & Water Conservation projects from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 at Estrada Park, 1801 E. Palomino Drive.

All project types from 9 to 10 a.m., Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Daley Park, 1625 S. College Ave.

Timeline for fiscal year 2020/2021 grant funding:

Oct. 21, 2019 - Neighborhood Grant Workshop

Nov. 2019 - March 2020 - Neighborhood Grant Pop-up Sessions

April 27, 2020 - Application deadline.

May 2020 - Applications go through preliminary site plan review by city staff and returned for revisions if necessary.  

Summer 2020 - Grant Review Panel meets and makes funding recommendations.       

Summer 2020 - City Council reviews recommendations and approves final funding.

Summer 2020 - Applicants receive written notice from Neighborhood Services as to whether application was approved or denied and if approved, what funding has been allocated.                                                                 

Helpful Links:

Neighborhood Grant Workshop Presentation

Guidelines for landscape projects handout pdf

Guidelines for arts projects handout pdf

Guidelines for signage projects handout pdf

Guidelines for parks projects handout pdf

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

Prequalified Artist List

The total available funding is $275,000 with additional funds available for projects that meet water conservation criteria. The maximum grant amount is $15,000. A match of at least 25% of the total project cost is required for homeowner associations and multi-housing communities. Associations may combine efforts and submit a joint application.

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.

Grant Evaluation Criteria
Applications are evaluated based on how well the project meets each of the following

· clear and detailed project description
· engages the neighborhood in the creation and selection of the project
· completeness of application - all elements present and appropriate staff discussions have taken place
· budget is clear and accurate

· provides an environmental benefit, such as water and/or energy conservation, shade
· accessible to all members of the community
· enhances the aesthetics of the neighborhood
· improves health and safety of residents
· addresses a known neighborhood deficiency
· complements other neighborhood projects (private or City)

· ability to complete the project during the fiscal year
· addresses how project will be maintained in the future

 *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.


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