The Love Your Block Grant Awards is a partnership that involves the Mayor’s NYC Service division, Citizens Committee for New York City, and volunteer-led neighborhood groups that wish to beautify and revitalize their blocks. This multi-faceted program -now in its third year- combines grant money, project planning assistance, and a variety of key city services that all go towards supporting grassroots groups in their block beautification efforts.
Here’s how it works: Existing and newly-formed groups such as block, tenant, and civic associations, as well as community gardening and school gardening groups, are invited to apply. Officials from city agencies such as the Departments of Transportation, Sanitation, and Parks & Recreation engage with group members and listen to their block improvement requests. The city agencies then proceed to carry out the requested services which may include anything from repairing damaged or missing street signs/streetlights to a replacement of worn-out/missing litter baskets to conducting tree, bike rack, and speed bump surveys. With grant money, the selected groups purchase equipment and supplies and roll up their sleeves to carry out their own brand of block beautification and repair, whether it be painting a mural or sprucing up the length of the block with brand-new planters and saplings. And as a result of the neighborhood coming together to accomplish the goals they’ve set, the grassroots energy that has always characterized our city’s blocks is rekindled!
In 2010, 60 groups were awarded Love Your Block grants for block transformation projects in neighborhoods that spanned the city, from Douglaston on the eastern border of Queens to Stapleton in Staten Island to Wakefield in The Bronx!
Grant applications must be submitted by November 15, 2010. If you have questions or to request an application form, please contact Saleen Shah at 212-822-9566 or firstname.lastname@example.org.