Neighborhood Empowerment Grant Program

2019 Workshop Presentation PDF.

For more information, please contact LaToya Burnett-Martinez at 785-368-3663 or

Empowerment Grant Application

The Empowerment Grant Application is due July 19, 2019.

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What is an Empowerment Grant?

The Empowerment Grant Program is funded through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. These funds are used to support a variety of neighborhood based public projects. Projects must be located within predominately low/moderate income neighborhoods. Neighborhood Improvement Associations (NIA) who are designated as 2017-2020 Stages of Resource Targeting areas are not eligible for this program.

Program priorities include citizen involvement and inclusiveness, efficiency and effectiveness, and neighborhood empowerment. Grants range in size from $2,000 up to $50,000.

Eligible Project Activities

  • Community engagement
  • Infrastructure
  • Neighborhood beautification
  • Neighborhood quality of life improvements
  • Public accessibility

Who Is Eligible to Apply?

  • Eligible: Organizations representing low and moderate income neighborhoods and residents
  • Ineligible: Neighborhoods currently in 2017-2020 SORT Target Areas