Neighborhood Improvement Grant Program


The Neighborhood Improvement Grant program is intended to give residents an opportunity to have direct input and influence into the improvement of Valparaiso’s neighborhoods. The funds provide for small neighborhood-based projects that offer community-wide benefit. The goal is to bring neighborhoods together and to increase partnerships between neighborhoods and the city through positive improvement projects.

Grants of up to $15,000 are available to neighborhood groups in 2019 with a total cap of $100,000. The grant funds are provided by the Redevelopment Commission and the program is administered by the Community Engagement Department.

In 2019, 14 neighborhoods were awarded grants for a variety of improvement projects.  View the final funding recommendation, presentation on the program and the press release for more information.



Watch our 15-minute webinar to learn more about the program.

**Please note that the 2019 application deadline has passed.  Stay tuned for more information on the program in 2020.  The information below remains available for your reference.

1.  Review the 2019 Neighborhood Improvement Grant program guidelines

2.  Attend a public information session to learn more about the program and requirements for submitting a successful application.  Sessions were held in April and May, if you were unable to attend, please view this 15-minute webinar to learn more.

3.  Review the grant application and grant application review checklist to learn more about what the review committee will be looking for.

4.  Check out our Neighborhood Toolkit for ideas and tips for bringing your neighbors together.

In 2018, eight neighborhoods received funding with a combined award amount of $55,500.  Projects included sidewalk improvements, park equipment, landscaping and neighborhood branding and signage.  View all applications submitted from the 2018 grant program or a quick summary.

NEW - Is your neighborhood having a hard time brainstorming creative improvement ideas? Check out our new guide, 20 Ideas to Inspire Your Neighborhood. This list is meant to inspire you and will continue to be expanded as the grant program evolves.

For more information or contact Maggie Clifton, Community Engagement Director at mclifton@valpo.us or 219-462-1161.

Examples of projects funded in 2018:

Beauty Creek Villas Ribbon Cutting
 
Berkley Park Small
Forest Park Sign
BCV Sidewalk2
CHNA Brown St
Banta Sign with Votes