News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25, 2012
Reminder: reBUILD/KC grant available to registered neighborhood organizations and homeowners associations
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Neighborhood Services Division wants to remind neighborhood groups about a new grant program that will offer funding opportunities to registered neighborhood organizations for various improvement projects.
The reBUILD/KC Neighborhood Mini-Grant Program will award grants of 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 will close Friday, 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 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 about the reBUILD/KC Neighborhood Mini-Grant Program, please contact Tiffany Drummer, Neighborhood Services Division, at 816-513-3210.
For more information or media inquiries please contact Deletta Dean, manager of the Neighborhood Services Division, at 816-513-3220.