Neighborhood Improvement Grants

The Neighborhood Grants program is a pilot program provided by the City of Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission (RDC).  It 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 with community-wide benefit. The RDC has contributed the $60,000 in funding that have made the Neighborhood Grants possible which will support neighborhood improvement projects of up to $15,000 with additional funds possible for substantial improvement projects.  

Neighborhood improvement projects may include: 1) physical improvements like fixing sidewalks, park equipment or street lights; 2) public art displays that add unique character by representing the neighborhood; 3) neighborhood signage/branding and 4) other placemaking and community-building projects. 

Neighborhood-based organizations and groups are eligible to apply for the Neighborhood Grants, however individual businesses, political groups, or religious institutions are not eligible. View the detailed 2018 Neighborhood Grants guidelines

The 2018 Neighborhood Grants pilot program application period has closed.  The applications have been reviewed by a committee of city staff representing Public Works, Parks, Planning, Engineering, Community Engagement and the Redevelopment Commission.  The review committee's funding recommendations have been submitted to the RDC and will be voted on October 25, 2018.  In 2018, applications were received from nine neighborhood groups. 

 View the Neighborhood Grants summary and frequently asked questions.  

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