NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS

Neighborhood Grant Program

The 2021 Neighborhood Grant is now open. The application deadline is May 28, 2021.

The City of Waco’s Neighborhood Grant Program assists neighborhood associations in Waco with beautification, identity, and community-based projects.

Before starting your application, please review all the information on this page and the Guidelines to learn about the program requirements. If you have any questions about the program or the application, please call 254-750-5640, and ask to speak with Neighborhood Engagement.

Draft Grant Program Guidelines
Grant guidelines pending approval by City Council May 4, 2021.

Program Overview

The purpose of the matching grant program is to provide financial assistance for neighborhoods to complete neighborhood projects. Neighborhood associations can receive up to $7,500 in grant funding, and they can apply for more than one grant per application cycle, but no more than $10,000 can be awarded to any association per year. If two grant applications are submitted, they must be for different projects (i.e., they cannot combine to achieve more than $7,500 for the same project).

The Neighborhood Grant Program is a matching grant, so that means you and your neighborhood association must put some investment into your neighborhood too. The match requirement can be met with cash, in-kind donations, and volunteer hours. Review the Guidelines or the Application to learn more.


Click here to watch a video presentation of the guidelines.
(This video is a recording of a Zoom presentation to neighborhood associations.)

Project Ideas

Neighborhood Events
Events and gatherings for the community, such as a food truck event or movie night to bring the neighborhood together and increase the membership and involvement with the association’s efforts.

Neighborhood Organizing/Organazational Development/Capacity Building
Activities, services, and materials that generate new neighborhood connections and activities, grow the neighborhood association, educate neighborhood leadership, or promote involvement.

Neighborhood Preservation
Materials, programs, or services that sustain or improve the health, public safety, and welfare of the neighborhood, such as:

  • Park amenities, community gardens, trash cans or benches in public locations.
  • Neighborhood markers or sign toppers
  • Metal neighborhood identity signs installed by city staff
  • Equipment to assist in solving illegal dumping hot spots

Neighborhood Cultural, Social, and Recreational Activities
Materials or activities that promote diversity, equity, inclusion, family literacy, neighborhood access to technology, after school enrichment programs, and cultural activities, such as music, dance, or art programs.

Eligibility

Neighborhood Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the Neighborhood Grant Program, neighborhood associations must:

  • Be in the City of Waco and included in the list of neighborhood associations.
  • Have by-laws governing the organization.
  • Have Articles of Incorporation filed with the Secretary of State and be in good standing. (Check your status here: https://mycpa.cpa.state.tx.us/coa/search.do?userType=public.)
  • Have membership open to all those living within their boundaries (and per the bylaws).
  • Have been actively holding meetings for the general membership for the past year (during the 365 days prior to the grant application deadline). Some exceptions can be made and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis if inactivity is due to circumstances beyond the organization’s control, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Have held at least three general membership meetings in the past year (during the 365 days prior to the grant application deadline). Some exceptions can be made and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis if inactivity is due to circumstances beyond the organization’s control, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Have a Federal Tax Identification Number to complete IRS Form W-9.
  • Have a bank account in the name of the neighborhood association.
  • Submit the application by the deadline.
  • Agree to submit the required project progress reports and final report.

Project Eligibility

Your neighborhood project is eligible for consideration of grant funding if it:

  • Supports neighborhood goals,
  • Is highly visible and accessible from the public realm,
  • Has a community benefit,
  • Enlists community participation and/or community support,
  • Results in an enhancement of the neighborhood,
  • Is feasible for completion within the given timeframe,
  • Has a plan and dedicated funding source for maintenance of the project (if applicable),
  • Involves the benefiting neighborhood in project identification, planning and execution, and
  • Is within Waco city limits.

Guidelines & Application

The 2021 Neighborhood Grant Guidelines is your primary resource in preparing your application. It includes program requirements in detail, and it includes important documents, such as the Neighborhood Support Petition, Sample Budget, and Sample Application, to help you prepare your application answers before filling out the online form.

Grant guidelines pending approval by City Council May 4, 2021.

The application is primarily available in an online survey format. However, we can provide the application in a paper form or in a hybrid format upon request. We recommend you contact the Office of Neighborhood Engagement before starting the application, so that a program staff member can ensure the proposed project aligns with the grant guidelines and purpose.

Start the Application
Para acceder la solicitud en español, abra este enlace y haga clic en el globo en la parte superior de la página para seleccionar español en el menú desplegable.

Grantee Resources & Documents

Grantee Resources include all the documents neighborhoods may need throughout the course of the grant project. You can access the forms here or in the Grant Guidelines.

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Contact Information

Melett Harrison
Director of Neighborhood Engagement
(254) 750-5643

Rolando Rodriguez
(Se habla español)
Neighborhood Engagement Program Coordinator
(254) 750-5774


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