Neighborhood Grants

Sometimes a little change makes a big difference. When your neighborhood needs a small project, consider applying for a neighborhood grant.

Neighborhood Services offers grants to neighborhoods that are willing to match funding through cash, in-kind donations, professional labor or volunteer hours.

Rules

Residents and homeowners associations, or ad-hoc groups of neighbors who notice a need for improvement in one or more of the following areas may be eligible to apply:

  • Character: "place-making" through the creation or enhancement of assets that are a source of neighborhood pride and identity.
  • Leadership: training neighborhood leaders or teams, and developing skills, for neighborhood governance or action.
  • Safety: equipping the neighborhood with knowledge or tools to prevent, prepare for, confront or respond to incidences of crime, danger or disaster.
  • Environment: protecting water & energy resources, and native plants & animals.
  • Health: increasing access to nutritious diets, physical or mental fitness opportunities, or health education.

Schedule

To learn the dates of future workshops, or to register for a workshop, call 941-861-5000 or email neighbor@scgov.net.

Fall 2017 (Cycle 30) Deadlines

  • Attend a grant workshop no later than June 19, 2017
  • Notify Neighborhood Services of Intent to Apply by 5 p.m. on July 10, 2017
  • Submit completed application by 5 p.m. on Sept. 6, 2017
  • Applications will be reviewed by county staff in September
  • Applications will then be evaluated and scored by the Neighborhood Initiative Grant Advisory Committee in October
  • Applications will be presented to the Sarasota County Commission for their approval in TBD

All project-related work and expenses must occur after a grant application has been approved by the Board of County Commissioners.