The Hamilton Green neighborhood utilized a neighborhood matching grant for a multi-year neighborhood revitalization project. This project included new entrance signage, pet waste stations, welcome packets, and revitalization fact sheet.
"Given the NMG staff support and the opportunity to use the neighborhood matching grant funds, we were able to accomplish things that residents have said, 'It can't be done' or 'Yes, it is good idea but we don't have the money to do that,'" shared the community project leader.
"As the project leader, I feel a sense of pride - and I know that others do too - every time I enter the neighborhood and see the sign that NMG funds helped us to design and install. It is also great to hear current residents say, 'I wish that the HOA had this welcome packet when I moved into the neighborhood.'"
In working on this project together, the group of volunteers grew as more people realized the potential of accomplishing more goals together. More ideas have been presented, and the neighborhood is excited about the future possibilities.
The HOA Board Director personally delivers the welcome packet to each new resident, which helps new neighbors to be connected to the HOA and recognize the good work that they are doing to support Hamilton Green. This has continued to build the community spirit fostered by working together on this project.
Additionally, Hamilton Green was able to obtain expert yard care advice and two new pet stations to improve the look of the neighborhood and nature trail. They also developed a robust strategic planning process and attracted additional volunteers to work on the next project.
Grant applications are accepted three times a year, on March 1, June 1, and September 1. In preparation for each grant application round, the Neighborhood Matching Grants program hosts meetings to answer people's questions about the process. If you would like to register for one of the upcoming presentations, register online. Each meeting includes a presentation about the application process and time to ask questions.
- Tuesday, April 26, 12:00 – 1:00 pm (Virtual)
- Wednesday, April 27, 6:00 – 7:00 pm (Belmont Center, 700 Parkwood Avenue, Jack Bullard Conf. Room, 2nd Floor)
- Thursday, May 5, 12:00 – 1:00 pm (Virtual)
- Wednesday, May 11, 6:00 – 7:00 pm (Arbor Glen Outreach Center, 1520 Clanton Road, Charlotte)
- Friday, May 20, 12:00 – 1:00 pm (Virtual)
To apply for a grant, you must meet the eligibility criteria which includes having a large group from your neighborhood participating in the project. For more information about eligibility criteria, attend one of the information sessions mentioned above, review the program guidelines, or reach out to the Neighborhood Matching Grants team at Jackie.Clare@charlottenc.gov.