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The Topeka City Council included $25,000 in the 2017 budget to create a neighborhood grant program targeting all neighborhoods in the Topeka community. The program was created to support neighborhood events, beautification projects and other community-building projects in Topeka's neighborhoods.

 

Program Highlights

The Neighborhood Partnership Program is a competitive grant program providing funding for neighborhood projects. This program:

  • Provides funding for events, projects and local grant-matching requirements for other grant programs
  • Is open to all formal and informal neighborhood groups. Informal groups can partner with a local non-profit or the Department of Neighborhood Relations Division of Community Engagement
  • Funds project costs from $500 to $2,500

 

Please call Shane Wilson at 785-368-3711 with any questions about this program.

 

Important Dates

  • June 23, 2017: Applications become available
  • July 28, 2017: Applications Due
  • July 31, 2017: Application review begins

 

Apply for the Topeka Neighborhood Partnership Program.

 

Additional Information

Neighborhood Partnership Program Overview

 

Award Process

All applications will be ranked by a committee of neighborhood representatives and City staff. The committee will rank projects on four areas:

  • Quality of proposed project
  • Neighborhood participation
  • Ability to build on existing strengths/assets
  • Neighborhood's matching contribution

 

To be eligible for funding, projects must:

  • Provide a public benefit to the neighborhood
  • Have neighborhood involvement in all phases of the project
  • Have dollar-for-dollar matching resources (cash, donated goods/services, volunteer time, etc.) up to $2,500. At least 25 percent of the applicants' matching funds must come from volunteer hours in their project neighborhood or in a low-to-moderate income neighborhood. Volunteer costs are calculated at $20/hour
  • Be completed in the calendar year of the grant, with a specified timeframe included in the application

 

To be eligible for funding, applicants must:

  • Have the necessary permissions before applying for the grant. Applications for beautification projects or new neighborhood events that are not in coordination with an existing neighborhood organization will work with City officials to determine the affected area and obtain signatures from 60 percent of the residents therein
  • Attend the quarterly Neighborhood Leaders Roundtable events for the calendar year of the grant
  • Coordinate with Keep America Beautiful on beautification projects
  • Submit monthly progress reports and a short final report evaluating the success of the project

 

Ineligible projects and expenses:

  • Lobbying or fundraising activities
  • Food
  • Future maintenance costs
  • Existing public service activities or that relate to current projects in the community
  • Basic operating and/or administrative support for an organization
  • Computers, copiers and other related equipment
  • Projects that primarily support staff and other costs of a public agency or are an extension or duplication of a social service agency program
  • Construction or rehabilitation of buildings.
  • Projects that are eligible for SORT or any other city funding such sources as NIA support money and social service funding through the Economic & Community Development Committee.

 

Apply for the Neighborhood Partnership Program

Download the application.

Submitting the application:

  • Due July 28, 2017
    • Applications must either be received in the office of the Department of Neighborhood Relations by July 28, 2017, or if mailed, must be postmarked by July 26, 2017
Contact

Monique Glaudé

Division Director of Community Engagement
Email
Phone: 785-368-4470

620 SE Madison, 1st floor
Topeka, KS 66607