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Invest in your Neighborhood

September 10, 2009

For more information contact:

Norma McQuiller, Neighborhood Coordinator 425-430-6595
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569

Second Round Neighborhood Matching Grants now available for 2009

RENTON - As part of a continuing commitment to fostering strong neighborhoods, the City of Renton announces its second round of grants for the 2009 Neighborhood Grant Program. The program is dedicated to stimulating community projects that build stronger neighborhoods, leverage city funds, stimulate resident-driven solutions and build partnerships between the city and its neighborhoods.

The grants are available to residents of neighborhoods who have organized themselves to plan and implement projects for the purpose of improving the viability and livability of their neighborhoods. Eligible organizations include organized neighborhood associations that draw membership from a commonly recognized geographic neighborhood in Renton, or ad hoc groups of neighbors who form an organization to work on a specific project.

Eligible projects include physical improvements that build or enhance a feature of the neighborhood or benefit the general public. Projects to produce and distribute newsletters are also eligible for neighborhood grants.

The amount of matching funds allocated to a neighborhood is based on a project’s merit and will be determined by the Renton City Council.  There is no limit on the amount of matching funds available per grant project. The typical grant award is $3,000 - $5,000 per project.

Examples of neighborhood projects eligible for funds include:

  • improvements and/or identity signage for neighborhood entries and gateways
  • landscaping of traffic islands and streetscapes
  • beautification of trails or play areas
  • neighborhood clean-up
  • community gardens
  • youth projects
  • newsletters
  • neighborhood events

Grant applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 9, 2009. Awards will be announced in November 2009.

The City will be hosting a Neighborhood Grant Workshop on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Renton City Hall (1055 S. Grady Way).  The workshop will be held in the Council Conference Room on the 7th floor.  RSVP’s are not mandatory, but would be appreciated by Monday, September 14.

To RSVP for the workshop, obtain more information, or to receive an application, please contact Norma McQuiller at 425-430-6595,  Wendy Kirchner at 425-430-6594 or download the application here.