Apply for Neighborhood Mini-Grant
The Neighborhood Mini-Grant supports activities that improve communities, strengthen neighborhood associations and encourage civic involvement. We will released the application for fiscal year 2018 on April 3, and the deadline to apply is August 4. We are no longer accepting applications for the fiscal year 2017.
- Your neighborhood must register with our Office of Neighborhood Relations before we will consider you for the grant
- Neighborhood, Civic, Homeowner Associations, Crime Watch Programs and Special Taxing Districts in Hillsborough County are eligible
- This includes the City of Tampa, the City of Temple Terrace, and Plant City
- We will only award one grant per qualified neighborhood association
Mandatory Mini-Grant Orientations
Mandatory Neighborhood Mini-Grant Information Session will take place online via GoToMeeting or by phone on the following dates:
2017 Training Dates:
|Date||Time||GoToMeeting Link||Toll Free Phone Number||Access Code for Call-in Method|
|April 22||10 a.m.||Join the meeting online||1-877-309-2073||553-942-189|
|April 25||6:30 p.m.||Join the meeting online||1-877-309-2070||703-579-517|
|May 12||3 p.m.||Join the meeting online||1-877-309-2070||776-400-957|
|May 30||6:30 p.m.||Join the meeting online||1-877-309-2070||953-384-237|
|June 13||Noon||Join the meeting online||1-877-309-2073||916-391-549|
|June 28||6:30 p.m.||Join the meeting online||1-877-309-2070||709-664-3333|
|July 11||6:30 p.m.||Join the meeting online||1-877-309-2070||848-33-645|
|July 28||Noon||Join the meeting online||1-877-568-4106||819-777-693|
|August 1||6:30 p.m.||Join the meeting online||1-877-309-2073||276-465-629|
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.
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
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
- 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)
- 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
- Submit the completed application by dropping-off or mailing to: County Center
Office of Neighborhood Relations
601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 28th Floor
Tampa, FL 33602
- You can also email or fax your application
- Fax: (813) 272-7078
- If you fax or email your application, you still must also mail or deliver the original to the above address
- After we open up the application for fiscal year 2018, the Neighborhood Mini-Grant Committee will review all applications
- The Board of County Commissioners will approve applications
- We will notify recipients by Nov. 30