Neighborhood Councils invited to apply for matching grants

Recognized Neighborhood Councils are invited to apply for funding for community improvement projects through the city’s Neighborhood Program Matching Grant program, with a deadline of Sept. 1, 2018.

Residents are encouraged to work together, use their imagination to improve their neighborhood, develop a sense of community and build relationships.

Applications must be postmarked by 5 p.m. on September 1, 2018.

The Neighborhood Matching Grant Fund is a component of Kent’s Neighborhood Program. Eligible grant funding can be used for entrance signs, landscaping or beautification in common areas, benches, walkways or murals. Saltair Hills were awarded a grant in 2015 to build a planter (see below). A dollar-for-dollar match is required via community contributions such as volunteer labor, donated professional services, cash, materials or supplies.

“This is a great way for members of the Neighborhood Councils to get more involved and to work together to improve their community,” said Toni Azzola, neighborhood program coordinator.

Grants are evaluated by the grant review team and selected based on neighborhood participation, benefit to the public, planning, scope of work and maintenance of project after completion.

For more information on forming a Neighborhood Council or to obtain a Matching Grant application, visit KentNeighborhoodProgram.com or call Toni Azzola at 253-856-5708.