Neighborhood councils now eligible for event mini-grants

The City of Kent announced this week a new benefit for the City’s neighborhood councils – an event mini-grant program of up to $1,000.

Through this program, neighborhood councils can apply to receive up to $1,000 for activities and events benefiting their neighborhood.

Neighborhood councils can now apply for event mini-grants for up to $1000The city now has 43 recognized neighborhood councils, each approved and recognized by the Kent City Council. The groups have formed to better connect with the City and to get access to support, leadership training and matching grants for neighborhood improvement projects from our neighborhood program.

“We are excited to announce a new benefit for the neighborhood councils – an event mini-grant program!” the city said.

Through this program, neighborhood councils can apply to receive up to $1,000 for activities and events benefiting their neighborhood. Here are examples of qualifying events or activities:

    • Community-building events like outdoor health and recreation events (walking, biking or running), emergency preparedness training or neighborhood holiday celebrations
    • Leadership training and education
    • Neighborhood clean-ups
    • Equipment rental or venue space for neighborhood meetings, movie nights, block parties or neighborhood barbecues
    • National Night Out gatherings
    • Community potlucks
    • Red Cross CPR and first aid training
    • Child car seat inspection events

Grant applications will be accepted between January 1 and November 1, 2019 for the 2019 grant cycle. Neighborhood councils should submit their application for funding at least eight weeks prior to their event.

Full funding is not guaranteed, and a neighborhood match (e.g., cash, volunteer labor, in-kind donations) is required. Complete details, including an event mini-grant application, are available at KentNeighborhoodProgram.com. Have questions? Contact Toni Azzola, neighborhood program coordinator, at [email protected] or 253-856-5708.

“We are really excited about the opportunity to bring this program to our neighborhood councils. We hope it will help them connect in new ways and strengthen their relationships with each other and the City!”