San Luis Obispo officials are kicking off a neighborhood matching grant pilot program that would support grassroots projects to enhance and strengthen neighborhoods.
The San Luis Obispo City Council in August approved funding for neighborhood matching grants for two years, with $5,000 available in fiscal year 2015-16 and $10,000 available in fiscal year 2016-17, according to a news release.
The program will be evaluated and future funding determined at the end of the second year.
Associate Planner Rebecca Gershow researched other programs and said some project examples include planting street trees, organizing a neighborhood clean-up day, or planning an event that brings neighbors together.
A list of project ideas is included in the grant guidelines, “but we welcome creativity and encourage neighbors to get together and bring us their ideas early to discuss,” Gershow said.
Grant requests can range from $250 to $5,000. For every dollar awarded by the City, the neighborhood provides an equal or greater match consisting of volunteer labor, donated professional services, donated materials and/or direct financial contributions.
All projects are initiated, planned and implemented by neighborhood members in partnership with the city.
Grant requirements include: a match amount from the neighborhood equal to or greater than the grant request; tangible neighborhood benefits; documented neighborhood support and involvement; project readiness; and project sustainability.
The city will hold an informational meeting Oct. 1 from noon to 1 p.m. at the city’s Community Development Department, 919 Palm St. Draft applications are due Oct. 23.
More information is available at http://www.slocity.org/nmg, or contact Gershow at firstname.lastname@example.org.