NEIGHBORHOOD GRANTS

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Neighborhood Grants

NEIGHBORHOOD GRANTS 2017

United Way of Pierce County’s Neighborhood Grants Program, powered by South Sound Together, provides financial and technical support to resident or community-led groups for projects that help children and families in their neighborhood.

This year, the Neighborhood Grants Program, in partnership with South Sound Together, will be awarding chosen groups in amounts ranging from $500 to $1,500. Funding will be awarded in a single disbursement during the month of May. Grantees will be required to submit a final report in order to be eligible to apply again next year.

WHO SHOULD APPLY

Any Pierce County community-led groups in the Bethel, Springbrook, Franklin Pierce, Key Peninsula or Eastside (Salishan) neighborhoods are eligible to apply this year. Each group must include at least four volunteers.

 
The following groups are encouraged to apply: 
  • Any resident, informal group of neighbors or community-led group working on a project or activity that will directly benefit their community. 
  • Advocacy groups focusing on neighborhood improvements such as: after-school programs, community gardens, etc. 
  • Neighborhood or apartment associations, neighborhood watches that develop resident leadership to identify and resolve neighborhood issues. 
  • Support groups where none exist due to transportation or language barriers, or subject matter. 

PROJECT CRITERIA

Projects must be carried out in the neighborhood or community where the members live. In addition, a group applying for a Neighborhood Grant will be selected based on the following criteria.
 
Need: Does the project fulfill a community need that is not being met? 
Involvement: Does the group involve other people in the project? Are decisions made collectively and not by one person? 
 
Impact: Will the group’s project achieve positive changes for their community in the areas of:
1) Building Strong Families by creating neighborhood opportunities to build a stable home environment;
2) Ensuring a Strong Start for Kids through activities that help children be ready for kindergarten;
3) Ensuring Success in the Early Grades with activities that engage children in reading and brings them to grade level reading;
4) Meeting Basic Needs of families by creating projects that invest in food, housing and other essential needs?  
 
(Examples: Childcare Network, Safe Transportation Network, Healthy Lifestyle Activities, Portable Library or Little Free Libraries, Leadership Training, Bullying Prevention, Neighborhood Field Trips; Community Garden,  Bike Share,  Walking Buses)
 
We DO NOT fund:
Academic research
Capital campaigns
Debt reduction or legal settlements
Expenses incurred prior to the grant award date
The creation of, or addition to endowment funds
Funding to schools and public agencies that would supplant tax-supported, mandated services
Projects whose main purpose is fundraising
Individuals, including scholarships
Political campaigns
Religious activities or services 

HOW TO APPLY

Complete the Application

IMPORTANT DATES

MARCH 1       APPLICATION AVAILABLE
MARCH 31     LAST DAY TO SUBMIT APPLICATION- SUBMITTED VIA WEBFORM
APRIL 1         APPLICATION WEBFORM CLOSED
MAY               FUNDING WILL BE AWARDED