Apply for Neighborhood Mini-Grant

The applications deadline for fiscal year 2018 has passed.

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Overview

The Neighborhood Mini-Grant supports activities that improve communities, strengthen neighborhood associations and encourage civic involvement. We are no longer accepting applications for fiscal year 2018.

Eligibility

General eligibility

Mandatory Mini-Grant Orientations

  • There are mandatory Neighborhood Mini-Grant Information Session, which will take place online via GoToMeeting or by phone 
    • The mini-grant orientation online training will review the application, grant criteria, projects that qualify for the mini-grant and answer any questions you have regarding the mini-grant
  • The meeting dates for FY 2019 will be announced in the spring of 2018
  • There is a verification code at the end of the training webinar that must be written on the application being submitted
    • No application will be accepted without training verification code

 For more information, please contact the Office of Neighborhood Relations at (813) 272-5860.

Things to Consider

What types of projects do we favorably consider?

We urge neighborhood leaders to think creatively when brainstorming about projects and types of community involvement. The review committee favors applications with matching funds or that involve other forms of leveraged community support.  The maximum grant per association is $2,500.

  • Neighborhood identity (e.g., brochures, signs, festivals, and education of neighborhood history)
  • Neighborhood leadership training and development
  • Start-up funds for specific neighborhood projects (e.g., newsletters, Internet sites)
  • Crime Watch (e.g., communication systems with law enforcement)
  • Publicity of special events (e.g., community cleanups)
  • Beautification (we will only consider Florida-Friendly planting)
  • Children's programs (e.g., neighborhood-operated programs that benefit children within the association)

What types of projects don't we consider?

  • Food or drinks
  • Infrastructure projects (e.g., building construction, repairs or enhancements to buildings or other structures, sidewalks, street lighting, road improvements, or anything eligible for funding under the County Capital Improvement Program)
  • Cameras, electronics (including computers), air conditioners, copiers (office equipment), televisions, locks
  • Projects which are typically funded under other sources such as:
    • a city or County department’s operating budget
    • Community Development Block Grant
    • Social Service RFA
    • Weed & Seed
    • Children's Board process
  • Applicants who were funded in previous cycles, but the Scope of Work was not completed as negotiated
    • Those, associations cannot submit applications for 1 fiscal year
  • Individual gifts

Evaluation Criteria

The Neighborhood Mini-Grant Evaluation Committee uses questions to evaluate each mini-grant application. 

  • Each question is assigned a point value
  • The maximum score an application can receive is 100
  • The grant applications are ranked accordingly:
    • Ten points are awarded automatically if the applicant is applying for the first time
    • Six points are awarded if the applicant was funded in previous cycles and the final Performance Report was submitted on time

Questions

  • Does the application clearly describe the project and its goals? (7 points)
  • Does the application communicate a community need? (8 points)
  • Does the project address the community need? (8 points)
  • Does the project have the potential to strengthen the community? (10 points)
  • Does the project have the potential to strengthen the applying association? (10 points)
  • Does the application show evidence of community consensus for the project? (10 points)
  • Does the application show evidence of community involvement in the implementation of the project? (10 points)
  • Is the budget clear and justifiable? (6 points)
  • Is this the most appropriate source of funding? (5 points)
  • Does the applicant show sufficient evidence of leveraging of community resources (cash or in-kind)? (10 points)

How To

  1. Neighborhood associations interested in applying for a mini-grant must attend an online orientation explaining the application process, grant criteria, and qualifying projects
    • See the table in the Eligibility section for dates, times and ways to access the orientation sessions
  2. Submit the completed application by dropping-off or mailing to:
  3. County Center
    Office of Neighborhood Relations
    601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 28th Floor
    Tampa, FL 33602

    • You can also email or fax your application
      • Email
      • Fax: (813) 272-7078
      • If you fax or email your application, you still must also mail or deliver the original to the above address

What's Next

  1. After we open up the application for fiscal year 2019, the Neighborhood Mini-Grant Committee will review all applications
  2. The Board of County Commissioners will approve applications
  3. We will notify recipients by Nov. 30

Get Help

Phone
(813) 272-5860