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Neighborhood Program

Neighborhoods USA Conference "Neighborhood of the Year" Award Winners!

Congratulations to the LaCrosse Homeowners Association who received the 2nd Place "Neighborhood of the Year" Award for the their physical revitalization community garden and bee hive project. LaCrosse Homeowners Association were among three neighborhood finalists at the 2017 Neighborhoods USA Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. 

The "Neighborhood of the Year" Award recognizes exceptional accomplishments by neighborhood organizations. Judging for the Neighborhood of the Year Award is based on the extent of innovation, grassroots participation, and capacity building exhibited by the nominated organization. The "Neighborhood of the Year" Award has been presented since 1984 as a collective "thank you" for the hard work of nominated neighborhoods, and are the only national awards given on an ongoing basis to neighborhood organizations for their self-help initiatives. 

The Kennydale Neighborhood Association also received the 3rd Place "Best Neighborhood Newsletter" award for their printed Neighborhood Newsletter. These awards showcase that Renton Neighborhoods are some of the best in the United States! Thank you to both Kennydale and the LaCrosse neighborhoods for their amazing work in building stronger neighborhood communities! 

If you or your neighborhood are interested in attending the 2018 Neighborhoods USA Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, please let me know. The conference includes access to over 50 neighborhood workshops, several keynote speakers, neighborhood tours, and much more! The NUSA Conference is a great resource for discovering ways in which you can enhance your neighborhood community!

2017 Neighborhood Mini-Grant application is now available!

The 2017 Neighborhood Mini-Grant application is now available. To learn about the Neighborhood Grant application process and how to apply click the following link: Neighborhood Grants

About the Neighborhood Program

Our Vision

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

Neighborhood Recognition

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, please contact the City of Renton Neighborhood Coordinator at neighborhoodprogram@rentonwa.gov or 425-430-6595.

Program Features

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 Event Grant- Funding for neighborhoods to organize a neighborhood event can be held year round. 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.