Neighborhood Matching Grants

​​​​How to Apply   
  1. Determine your eligibility​ for the program
  2. Attend a pre-application workshop*  
  3. Review the NMG Guidelines 
  4. Fill out your application using the online grant application*

Documents you will need to complete your application:

  • NMG Contribution Template
  • NMG Budget Template
  • Volunteer Pledge Sheet​ 
  • Volunteer Sign In Sheet
  • Volunteer Hours Tracking Sheet (No Physical Signatures)

​*Organizations that are unable to complete the online application can call 704-336-4594 for assistance.


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hi welcome to the city of Charlotte's
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neighborhood matching grants online pre
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application workshop we're glad you have
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taken this important step to learn about
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our program this three part presentation
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will teach you about the neighborhood
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matching grants program and will walk
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you through our online grant application
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process first we will discuss the
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program and cover what neighborhoods may
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apply for but before we go too far we
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should introduce ourselves I'm Danielle
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Fisher and I'm Philip Freeman you will
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work with me a lot when completing your
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grant application and you'll work with
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me when seeking reimbursement for your
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project now let's jump into the
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neighborhood matching grants program
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the city created the neighborhood
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matching grants program more than 20
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years ago the program awards up to
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$25,000 of matching funds towards
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projects that make our neighborhoods
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better places to live work play and shop
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we have three application deadlines each
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year March 1st June 1st and September
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1st we've supported more than 840
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projects today leveraging more than 16
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million dollars in funding and
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volunteers be creative throughout the
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three-part presentation we will feature
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neighborhoods that completed the
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matching grant project when deciding on
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a project with our neighbors all we ask
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is that you all work together and
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strengthen your community the program
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has broad goals that seek to engage
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residents create partnerships and
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improve the quality of Charlotte's
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neighborhoods while the program offers
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financial or technical support it's the
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people who really bring these projects
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to life it is important to have as many
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of your neighborhood neighbors as
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possible excited about completing the
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project together next we will discuss
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neighborhood eligibility and any piece
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of this process seems overwhelming
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remember we're here to help
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after watching the webinars please feel
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free to reach out to our staff with any
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questions or concerns about the program
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like most grant programs we have
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eligibility requirements before applying
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for a grant it's important to ensure
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that your organization is eligible we
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determine eligibility based on an
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organization type and median property
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value the program only Awards on to
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eligible neighborhood based
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organizations this typically includes
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neighborhood associations they were at
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coalition's and homeowners associations
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if your neighborhood does not have an
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established organization our Community
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Engagement team is happy to assist you
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in formula one we recognize that many
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organizations such as business
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associations churches and schools do not
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be our eligibility requirements these
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groups are encouraged to partner with
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eligible organizations on projects that
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help accomplish shared goal all
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neighborhood based organizations must
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25 housing units have a board and bylaws
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and have been in existence for at least
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six months for neighborhood associations
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and HOAs the organization must be
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managed by neighborhood residents hold
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regular meetings and 75% of members must
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live in the neighborhood this ensures
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that the Association is not managed
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entirely by an outside party with little
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or no resident contribution for
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neighborhood coalition's represented
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neighborhood leaders must make at least
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three force of the board and all
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represented neighborhoods must be
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involved with board meetings in addition
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to an organizational requirement we also
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have a geographical I mean where the
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2000a birds within Charlotte needed
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geographic requirement neighborhoods
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with a mean assess property value equal
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to or less than 180 one thousand seven
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hundred and three dollars are eligible
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the median assessed property value
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dictates the neighborhood's
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tier of eligibility which affects the
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maximum grant award
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additionally there are select project
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that only tier one neighborhoods can
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receive matching grant funding for in
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the map above areas that are said purple
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are eligible for the neighborhood
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matching grants program however if your
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neighborhood is not said of purple and
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you think you may be eligible please
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reach out to our staff so that we can
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perform a more detailed analysis
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neighborhood matching grant projects are
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meant to be fun and we encourage your
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neighborhood to be creative we will
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provide examples of completed projects
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later or remember that you are free to
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apply for projects that we have not yet
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funded we have some broad requirements
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including their projects must provide a
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public benefit to everyone in the
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neighborhood this means that it should
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be something that all of the
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neighborhood residents can be proud of
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and benefit from not just the members of
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the board or residents of one particular
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street
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additionally the project should involve
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project activities and implementations
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that not just expenditures it should
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engage residents and project planning
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and
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fermentation through the neighborhood
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matching grants program we want to
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encourage neighbors to build
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relationships with one another this
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can't happen if people are just buying a
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bunch of stuff now we will present some
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projects that other neighborhoods have
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pursued and completed in recent years
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remember that all ideas are welcome
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these are merely suggestions of what you
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might do matching grants have supported
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organizational development programming
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recreation and property enhancement
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projects please note that turbo fuel
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improvements and maintenance projects
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are only permitted in Tier one
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neighborhoods other neighborhoods have
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successfully completed projects around
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resource conservation community garden
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neighborhood cleanup signage marketing
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and branding and public safety if you
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see an idea that interests your
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neighborhood please reach out to our
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staff to learn more in recent years many
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neighborhoods have also used grants for
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art and beautification projects and to
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hold festivals and special events what
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will your neighborhood think of the sky
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is the limit as long as you have to
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support up your neighbors and have an
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idea to strengthen your community while
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there are hundreds of eligible projects
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there are some things that are not
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eligible for funding this includes food
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and beverages entertainment operating
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expenses salaries annual plants entrance
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fees raffles and pine needles or mulch
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this does not mean however that these
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items cannot be a part of your project
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is applicants pay for these items they
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will be considered part of their match
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it's worth mentioning that our program
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cannot fund the same project twice nor
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can we fund an existing project please
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note that grant funded items are the for
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the sole use of the organization not
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individual or personal use lastly grant
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funds can only cover purchases made
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after contract signing we will discuss
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this in greater detail in the following
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presentations
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before wrapping up the first part of our
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presentation we will cover some
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frequently asked questions first how do
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I determine if my neighborhood is
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eligible to apply there are two steps
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first determine if your neighborhood is
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an eligible organization type these
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definitions are found on page 11 of our
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program guidelines which are available
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on our website next determine if your
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neighborhood meets the median tax value
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threshold of 181 703 dollars or less
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there is a math online where you can
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type in your address to learn whether
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your neighborhood is eligible okay
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my neighborhood is eligible how much
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money can we were play great question
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tier one neighborhoods can apply for up
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to $25,000 per application and tier two
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neighborhoods can apply for up to ten
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thousand dollars for application
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remember your neighborhood can apply for
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a new grant once you have completed your
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previous grant got it so what types of
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projects can be funded all sorts of
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projects we fund projects that improve a
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community's quality of life that being
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said neighborhoods can select which
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project is best for them remember to
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include your neighbors when selecting a
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project and feel free to contact us if
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you would like to discuss a project idea
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can we use neighborhood matching grants
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to fund a community festival or special
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event you sure can
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we can help fund festivals and special
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events for up to two years you may apply
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for up to five thousand and funding for
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the first year of the event and up to
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three thousand in the second year should
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we apply for funding to replace our
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Finch or interim son yes tier one
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neighborhoods can apply for funding to
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improve the existing properties or
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features
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examples include replacing mailboxes
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updating the fence repairing a dumpster
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enclosure or resurfacing a parking lot
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can we use a neighborhood matching grant
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to improve neighborhood curb appeal yes
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tier one neighborhoods can apply for
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funding to improve neighborhood curb
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appeal note that the matching HAMP
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program will help firm materials but we
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will not pay for the contractors or
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applicable labor
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that concludes the first part of our
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presentation please view portion 2 to
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learn about our grant application
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process

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hi and welcome to the second of three
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presentations that comprise the
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neighborhood matching grant pre
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application workshop the first
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presentation explained the program and
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what neighborhoods may apply for in this
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section we will explain how to build
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your project and how to complete the
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online application the matching
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component is central to our program
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neighborhoods must match the amount
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requested from the city dollar for
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dollar match types include cash
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contributions in-kind donations and
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volunteer hours volunteer hours which
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are valued at twenty three dollars and
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seven cents per hour must account for at
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least 50% of the match volunteer hours
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can be for any activities during the
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life of the grant that helps build
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community in kind donations might
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include using a neighbor's truck a
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resident donating professional services
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or a local store providing a discount
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donations can be calculated at market
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rate and included in your project
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meeting the match should not prevent any
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neighborhood from participating in our
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program remember the neighborhoods can
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meet to match entirely through volunteer
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hours if they so desire if you are
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partnering with an outside group on your
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project such as a church or a civic club
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remember that at least 25% of the total
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match must come from the applying
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neighborhood organization get creative
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with your volunteer hours host a potluck
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hold a clean-up day and remember to
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celebrate progress towards project goals
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each matching grant project has one key
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contact person from the neighborhood
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that person however should not complete
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the entire project by him or herself we
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encourage you to form a project team
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when applying for and completing a
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matching grant project the roles
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presented here are not required but
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might help your neighborhood delegate
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tasks feel free to pick and choose
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pieces that work for your community one
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possible role is Communications Manager
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who keeps all neighbors and forms of
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projects progress volunteer dates and
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key information another suggestion is a
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volunteer coordinator
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rallies the troops to volunteer and
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acknowledges the hard work after
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volunteer days a third possible role as
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event planner those schedules meetings
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and events in order to keep the project
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on track a project manager can be
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helpful for working with vendors and
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city staff and keeping the neighborhood
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president of today the board's treasurer
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might also serve the role of treasurer
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for the project to make sure receipts
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and invoices are submitted on time and
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that the neighborhood speaks to the
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project budget lastly a fundraising
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coordinator can help raise support both
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from neighbors and external sponsors
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think of ways to engage outside partners
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and make sure to thank everyone that
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supports your efforts
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now we will discuss the online
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application which could be accessed by
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visiting our website at
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www.opm.gov/tribalprograms the budget
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worksheet is a Microsoft Excel
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spreadsheet
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the first tab asks you to list project
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cost both those for which you are
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requesting funding and those which are
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neighborhood will cover it also asks for
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any in-kind contributions that your
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neighborhood anticipates in-kind
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contributions can come from resident
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local businesses community partners or
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other sources based on the figures you
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input on the first tab the second tab
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will show the minimum number of
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volunteer hours your neighborhood must
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commit to on this tab you should list
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volunteer activities and project hours
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once these numbers are interred the
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first tab will automatically update to
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reflect the value of your volunteer
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match if your minimum volunteer
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commitment is met the text at the bottom
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of tab 1 will turn green if you need
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more volunteer hours however this text
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will be read you will also be asked to
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submit volunteer our commitments with
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your application the sheet on the left
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at the volunteer pledge sheet we call
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this the I will sheet the sheet on the
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right is the volunteer sign-in sheet
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which we think of as the ideas sheet
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neighbors and other volunteers should
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commit hours to show support for the
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project you might secure all of your
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hours at one specific event but more
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than likely you will have several
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volunteer events related to the project
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please submit a volunteer pledge sheet
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for each event
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it's okay to collect hogs your
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commitments via email Facebook sign up
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genius or another online platform if you
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do so please submit documentation along
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with your application we understand that
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neighborhoods are fluid and individuals
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move in and out during projects everyone
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who pledges to volunteer might not
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remain in the neighborhood for the life
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of the project if this happens just
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recruit someone else to help fulfill
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those volunteer hours you will also be
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asked to document any cash or in-kind
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contributions that individuals or
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organizations pledge towards toward the
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project you are free to use the
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contribution template provided but not
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have to we created this template for
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neighborhoods to shell potential donors
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that any contributions really would go
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towards a city funded project if a donor
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wants to provide a letter of support on
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their own letterhead that's great
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remember that in-kind contributions
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might come from your neighborhood
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organization from individual residents
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or from local businesses or vendors the
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forms just shown are all available to
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print on the neighborhood matching
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grants website we are happy to assist
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you with completing any of them just ask
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in order to apply online you will need
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to create an account if you think your
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neighborhood might have an existing
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account reach out to our staff and we
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can verify this once logged in you will
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click on apply to begin the application
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process it's important that you
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coordinate with your neighbors and work
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on the same application instead of
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several people submitting separate
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application on the right is a screenshot
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of the online application the bulk of
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the online application asks you to
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describe your project in detail a
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thorough application helps us understand
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your vision the support of your
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community and how the proposed project
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will improve your neighborhood while we
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encourage neighborhoods to decide upon
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their own projects we are happy to help
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you think through the details each
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project must have a physical address you
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will have the option to include a map if
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necessary
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we also asked for the project objective
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and purpose this is your opportunity to
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explain why the project is important to
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your neighborhood both now and moving
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forward equally important is evidence of
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neighborhood participation think through
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how the neighborhood was involved in
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selecting the project and how neighbors
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will be involved in implementing the
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project this will also help you document
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the project description which explains
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how a project will be carried out who
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will do what when what vendors you will
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work with and so forth we're also
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interested in how you will evaluate the
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expense of the project and how you will
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sustain the effort once grant funding
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has ended sustainability can be
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something as simple as neighbors will
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continue to communicate on a more
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frequent basis remember the big goal of
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the program is to create and strengthen
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community within neighborhoods lastly
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you should explain how you will market
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and promote your project to those in
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your neighborhood we send out fliers use
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social media go door-to-door thinking
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through these details during the
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application process will help things run
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smoothly once the project is underway
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now that you've learned how our
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application system works we will answer
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some frequently asked questions first up
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can we apply to fund a multiple project
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ideas all at once yes you can apply to
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fund multiple project ideas in one
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application is be sure to create a plan
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outlining how you will achieve multiple
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projects within the one-year time frame
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got it what is a match and how can my
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organization meet this
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a mattress how your organization will
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match the value of grant funds provided
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this match can be satisfied through
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volunteer hours or a combination of
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volunteer hours cash and or in-kind
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donations remember that at least half of
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requested funds must be matched through
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volunteer hours this concludes the
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second part of our three-part
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presentation please join us for portion
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3 to learn what happens after the
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application process

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hi welcome to the third and final
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recording at our pre-application
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workshop this portion will outline what
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to expect after submitting your online
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grant application at this point you're
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probably curious about how applications
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are reviewed and scored neighborhood
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matching grant applications are reviewed
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in a two phase process that takes
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roughly 60 days from the application
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submission date once you've submitted
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your application you will be stopped
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assigned a staff liaison who will work
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with you to finalize your application
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your staff liaison will review your
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application and reach out to clarify any
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outstanding question after this test
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review our board members will review the
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application and pose any questions this
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provides you the chance to respond to
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application questions before the final
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review finally the review board will
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meet to review and vote on grant
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applications one Board considers
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requests of $10,000 or less and a second
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Board considers requests from 10,000 and
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one dollar to $25,000 applicants are
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encouraged to attend the board meeting
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in order to advocate on behalf of their
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project this is your chance to explain
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why the project will benefit your
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community application by review based on
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the following criteria you should keep
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the scoring criteria in mind as you are
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preparing your application for an
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application to be approved it must for
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an average of 60 out of the 100 points
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the largest scoring criteria is project
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design this demonstrates that you and
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your neighbors are ready to undertake
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the project it also shows that you have
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thought through the details and that you
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all can realistically complete the
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project within one year these are some
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pointers to ensure that your application
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is as thorough as possible we encourage
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you to verify neighborhood and project
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eligibility with city staff before
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beginning an application this also
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allows us to brainstorm potential
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resources perhaps there is something in
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your application that we cannot earn but
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we know of a group that can fund it this
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helps us connect with you with resources
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early if you
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want you to undertake more than one
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project you can apply in one application
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as long as you provide a reasonable plan
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to complete multiple projects within the
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one-year time frame we're gathering
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quotes
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remember to include sales tax delivery
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fees and other added expenses it's
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important to know exactly how much it
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will cost to get goods and/or services
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to your project site and it's necessary
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installed we ask that you collect at
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least two quotes for all purchases over
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$1,000 your neighborhood may select
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which vendor you go with but this helps
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you ensure that you are getting a fair
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quote remember to get written permission
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from property owners with applicable and
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to submit all documentation including
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matched commitment contribution letters
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and volunteer pledge sheets as mentioned
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earlier the neighborhood matching grants
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program uses an online application
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system remember that you do not have to
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finish your application all in one
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sitting but you can save your
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application as you go and come back and
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complete it at any time grant activities
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can only start after contract signing
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which takes place about 12 weeks after
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the application deadline volunteer hours
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perform before contract signings cannot
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be counted toward the match and
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purchases made before contract signing
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are not eligible for nmg funding give
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yourself plenty of time to think through
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the details and to create a project
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timeline before submitting an
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application think about where the
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project will take place how much of it
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neighbors could complete versus hiring
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others and how you will take care of
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future costs associated with the project
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projects may begin once a contract is
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signed and they must be completed within
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one year lastly remember you don't have
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to be an expert in anything to complete
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an application we are here to help just
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pick up the phone and give us a call
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once you sign your contract you can
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officially begin your project you will
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be asked to attend a contract signing
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wherein we will all explain the details
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of your contract payment the program
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does not award funds at the beginning of
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the project but reimburses neighborhoods
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after they have purchased supplies
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once all necessary receipts and
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paperwork are submitted for
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reimbursement the city will mail a check
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to the grantee within 30 days
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neighborhoods must complete a w-9 and
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vendor registration form before
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requesting reimbursement it helps if
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neighborhood organizations have a bank
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account but we can work around this if
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necessary lastly neighborhood matching
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grants awards are non-taxable
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if you need more information please
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consult a qualified tax professional you
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will be asked to complete an online
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report every other month to inform our
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staff of your projects progress this is
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also a chance for you to update your
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staff liaison on purchases activities
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and volunteer hours that have taken
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place within recent weeks remember that
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your staff liaison will be available to
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help you throughout the entire lifecycle
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of the group once your project is
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finished
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including volunteer hours and
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neighborhood contributions you can ask
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to close your grant at this point your
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neighborhood will be eligible to apply
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for another project as a reminder grant
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projects must be completed within one
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year it's important to recognize
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volunteers along the way remember to
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celebrate neighborhood accomplishments
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both big and small now we will quickly
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highlight some recent matching grant
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projects remember these projects do not
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represent everything that matching grant
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funding can be used for but our sample
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of what neighborhoods have done today
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as seen on this slide many neighborhoods
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have received matching grant funds for
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interest on other neighborhoods have
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received funding for decorative post
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signs information signs and Street
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Stoppers many neighborhoods have
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received grant funds for public art
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projects including mural mosaic
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businesses and decorative bridge really
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others have constructed playgrounds
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improved parks hosted festivals and
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built nature trails several
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neighborhoods have partnered with
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schools on matching grant projects
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Madison Park partnered with Pinewood
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elementary to highlight the area's
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history
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winterfeld neighborhood has joined
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forces with winterfeld elementary twice
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once to construct the shared community
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garden and another time to help support
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students tiffany performances Macquarie
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Heights worked with Oakland Language
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Academy to create a beautiful mosaic
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this mosaic is a win-win as it welcomes
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people into the neighborhood and
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beautify the school as well many
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neighborhoods across Charlotte have
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started community gardens with the help
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of a neighborhood matching grant
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neighborhoods have receives a garden
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support from the county's Parks and Rec
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Department as well as the North Carolina
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Cooperative Extension this is a good
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example of where our staff might be able
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to connect your neighborhood with
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additional resources that strengthen
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your application and ultimately improve
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your project other projects supported by
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neighborhood matching grants include
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festivals birdhouses security project
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and little free libraries remember the
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projects we have highlighted are only
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examples of what grant funding can be
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used for we encourage you to think of a
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project that will have the greatest
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impact for your community what will your
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neighborhood think of next
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this concludes the final segment of our
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online pre-application workshop please
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feel free to reach out to our staff if
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you have questions or like to discuss
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potential project our community
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engagement team breaks the city into
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four service areas let us know if you
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need help determining which service area
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your neighborhood is in as a reminder
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our application deadlines are March 1st
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June 1st and September 1st we look
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forward to working with you and
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receiving your completed application
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you

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