News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 21, 2012
reBUILD/KC expands grant program to homeowners associations
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Neighborhood Services Division announces changes to the new reBUILD/KC Neighborhood Mini-Grant Program.
The reBUILD/KC Neighborhood Mini-Grant Program will now accept applications from homeowners associations registered with the Neighborhood Services Division. Homeowners associations must provide verification of its account balance and an annual operating budget with the reBUILD/KC grant application.
The reBUILD/KC grants will award up to $2,000 to successful applicants whose neighborhood projects foster partnerships, provide a public benefit to the community and can be completed by April 30, 2013. All grants require a dollar-for-dollar matching contribution of volunteer labor, donated materials and/or in-kind services.
The application period closes June 29, 2012. Grant applications and complete program information and criteria can be accessed at www.kcmo.org/neigh or at the Neighborhood Services Division on the Fourth Floor of City Hall, 414 E. 12th St.
To be eligible for a grant, registered neighborhood organizations must meet the below criteria:
Must represent a geographic area, such as a neighborhood or a cluster of neighborhoods
Must demonstrate broad-based community support for and participation in proposed project
Must perform the project within the geographic area in which applying
Must demonstrate proof of partnership (formal letter of support)
Must have active, identifiable leadership recognized and elected by its members
Must demonstrate fiscal accountability and have an established process to manage grant funds that includes a current checking account in the name of the organization
Must be a not-for-profit neighborhood organization or homeowners association in good standing and incorporated in the state of Missouri
Must have the capacity to complete the proposed project by April 30, 2013
Must have submitted an annual registered neighborhood summary report
Verification of account balance and annual operating budget
Examples of projects eligible for this grant include, but are not limited to, neighborhood cleanups, community gardens, community art programs and youth development programs.
Technical assistance will be available during the application period to help organizations understand the program and navigate the application requirements. The City will review all applications and select viable projects based on selection criteria.
Organizations will receive grant funds on a reimbursement basis, for eligible expenses incurred, based on neighborhood matching contributions. To earn the matching grant, the neighborhood group must make a contribution – donated labor, professional services, etc – that is assigned a fair value ($15 per hour). For each $1 of donated time, labor or materials, the neighborhood group earns $1 of matching grant funds up to $2,000.
For more information or media inquiries about the reBUILD/KC Neighborhood Mini-Grant Program, please contact Deletta Dean, manager of the Neighborhood Services Division, at 816-513-3220.