Designed to foster healthy, safe, and engaged neighborhoods that strengthen our community

The Neighborhood Mini-Grant program is designed to foster healthy, safe, and engaged neighborhoods that strengthen our community. Neighborhood organizations who are looking to strengthen their communities through innovative and creative community projects are invited to apply during open application periods. The maximum grant award is $5,000.

Neighborhood Mini-Grant project categories

Mini-grant applications must describe how the proposed project fosters healthy, safe, and engaged neighborhoods. Projects are required to engage the community as active participants, and they must address a need(s) or improve quality of life in one of the following categories.

Healthy Neighborhood

  • Fostering a healthy community through conservation, environmental stewardship, or healthy lifestyles
  • Ideas Include community cleanup, tree planting, xeriscaping in common areas, neighborhood litter walks, low-volume irrigation, healthy eating programs, mental health, and well-being programs, play or exercise projects, walking path creation, healthy cooking demonstrations, and Zen Garden creation

Safe Neighborhood

  • Projects or programs that prepare residents with knowledge and tools that teach them how to prevent, confront, and/or respond to situations that threaten the safety of the community
  • Examples include swim safety, stranger danger, anti-bullying, gun safety, cyber safety, creating disaster kits for the community, working with partner agencies to develop a neighborhood preparedness plan, or your neighborhood's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) activities to support Hillsborough County's disaster preparedness efforts

Engaged Neighborhood

  • Unique projects that engage and bring neighbors together
  • Examples include neighborhood cleanups, initiatives to assist neighbors in need, events that connect community members, or communications that educate residents about local happenings, services, or projects

Eligibility

  • Must be a Neighborhood, Condominium, or Homeowner Association
  • Must be located within Hillsborough County. This includes the cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace, and, Plant City
  • Must be included in the Neighborhood Directory Listing before applying for a grant
  • To check that your organization is listed in the Neighborhood Listing click the magnifying glass and type your organization’s name in the search bar. If your organization is in the listing, your association’s information will appear. Please verify that the organization’s information is current.
  • To update the neighborhood organization’s information, click the here link within the organization’s information box. You will be redirected to the Neighborhood Listing Update Form and follow the prompts to submit your changes.
  • If your association is not in the Neighborhood Listing, click the Neighborhood Directory Registration Application and follow the directions. The Neighborhood Relations team will contact you when they receive your submission to be included in the Neighborhood Listing.

Applicant resources & requirements

To submit a complete and competitive grant application, it is imperative to review and follow the guidelines detailed within the resources listed below.

Key dates

  • Application Open: Wednesday, October 18, 2023
  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 15, 2023, by 5 PM
  • Neighborhood Mini-Grants Awarded: January 2024
  • Grantee Mid-Term Reports Due: Monday, April 1, 2024, by 5 PM
  • Grantee Final Reports Due: Wednesday, July 31, 2024, by 5 PM

Get help

Department: Customer Service & Support
Email: neighborhood-relations@hcfl.gov
Phone: (813) 272-5860

Last Modified: 11/17/2023, 6:23:49 PM

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