Renton is a wonderful place to live with terrific neighborhoods, friendly people, diverse housing choices, and beautiful parks. The City of Renton is committed to promoting and sustaining an environment that is responsive to citizen involvement. It is the goal of the Neighborhood Program to build viable partnerships between the City and its residents. The City recognizes and supports our neighborhoods as one of the primary reasons Renton residents enjoy such a high quality of life. Neighborhoods develop connections with City staff and community resources when they become " Officially Recognized " through the Neighborhood Program.
The City of Renton's Neighborhood Program promotes positive communication between residents and City government. The Neighborhood Program:
- Supports community involvement making all neighborhoods better places to live
- Fosters a sense of community by helping residents address specific concerns
- Serves as a vehicle for building successful neighborhoods that reflect positively on the entire community
The City wants to recognize the unique neighborhoods in the community and support their health and vitality. Neighborhood Recognition happens once an application to become an Officially Recognized Renton Neighborhood has been completed and accepted. Currently, there are 72 Officially Recognized Neighborhoods that each have neighborhood contacts and City liaisons. An Officially Recognized Neighborhood will receive from the City:
- A one-time City sponsored Neighborhood Block Party to celebrate newly adopted recognized neighborhoods
- A volunteer City employee who serves as a liaison working with your neighborhood and provides a link to the departments and services of the City
- Access to grant funding
- Eligibility for funding for neighborhood Block Party events
- Leadership workshops and training
- Information about your neighborhood, as it pertains to the Neighborhood Program, on the City's web site
- Publicity for neighborhood events on Channel 21, the City's cable access station, as they pertain to the Neighborhood Program
If you are interested in starting your own neighborhood association, check out the How to Build a Neighborhood Association Guide.
Once a neighborhood has been recognized, the City can provide support through multiple grant opportunities.The Neighborhood Grant Program allows neighborhoods to apply for grants to implement projects that will improve the viability and livability of their neighborhoods. By bringing neighbors together and helping residents improve their neighborhoods, a greater sense of community is fostered and the overall image of the City is improved. Grant opportunities include:
- Neighborhood Block Party- Funding for neighborhoods to organize an event/celebration.Neighborhood Block Parties can be held year round. Block Party event ideas include a Screen on the Green Movie Night, Winter/Holiday celebration, and Summer Neighborhood Potluck.
- Communication/Newsletter Grant- Funding to produce and distribute a neighborhood newsletter
- Mini Project Grant-Funding (Up to $1,000) for small project that positively engages and reinvigorates the neighborhood. Examples of eligible projects may include neighborhood clean-ups, renting venue space for neighborhood group meetings, small art projects, or reinvigorating a neighborhood association through educational opportunities.
- Project Grant-Funding (More than $1,000) for promoting networking between residents in order to bring neighbors together, promote positive communication between residents and City government, build the organizational capacity of recognized neighborhoods, and, encourage a physical improvement that encompasses and benefits a larger area of a neighborhood. Physical projects build or enhance a feature of the neighborhood, benefit the general public and are within the City's legal authority to approve.
For more information email Neighborhood Program or call 425-430-6595.