City of Dubuque Increases Funding Available Through Neighborhood Support Grant Program

The City of Dubuque Office of Shared Prosperity and Neighborhood Support will begin accepting applications for the expanded Neighborhood Support Grant Program on July 1. Grant awards have been increased to a maximum of $2,500. Previous grants had been capped at $750.

“We’re very excited to be able to increase the level of funding available through the Neighborhood Support Grants,” says Anderson Sainci, director of the Office of Shared Prosperity & Neighborhood Support. “We hope residents will utilize these grants as a starting point for a wide variety of eligible projects, or to launch their own neighborhood association.”

The Neighborhood Support Grant assists neighborhood associations and community groups with improving the quality of life for residents. Grants are available for up to $2,500 for eligible events, projects, and other community initiatives that enhance livability and strengthen neighborhood pride. Previously, neighborhood associations have used funds for projects such as block parties, bike racks, a neighborhood newsletter, beautification efforts, youth and family programs, park improvements, and community gardens.

Applications for the next round of grants will begin being accepted on July 1. Applications are reviewed on the first of every month throughout the calendar year. If funding is to be utilized for a special event, groups are encouraged to apply for the grant well in advance.

The Office of Shared Prosperity & Neighborhood Support will host an informational session about the Community Support Grants on Wednesday, July 10, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Multicultural Family Center, 1157 Central Ave. Leaders from local neighborhood associations and civic groups are invited to learn about the City budget process and how they can apply for the $2,500 grants to make a positive impact on their neighborhoods.

Complete grant information and application materials, as well as a list of existing neighborhood associations, can be found at www.cityofdubuque.org/neighborhoodsupport. For additional information, contact Director of the Office of Shared Prosperity & Neighborhood Support Anderson Sainci at 563.589.4326 or Asainci@cityofdubuque.org.

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