Neighborhood Improvement Grants 2022

The City gives more than $170,000 for Neighborhood Improvement Projects

The City of Fort Wayne’s Neighborhood Planning and Activation Workgroup announced today that 38 neighborhood associations are being awarded grants totaling more than $170,000 to support community-led projects. Any registered Fort Wayne neighborhood association could apply to receive up to $5,000 in reimbursable grant funds. The program, run by the City’s Community Development Division, is designed to support neighborhood beautification efforts and strengthen involvement from neighbors. Each proposal was evaluated and scored based on grant criteria and available funding. The list below is are the initial grant recipients along with a short description of their proposed project, which still requires all necessary permits and approvals:

Barrington Lake Estates Neighborhood Refurbish the existing landscape around the neighborhood entrance and install new seating at the neighborhood pond   LaCabreah Neighborhood  Removal of aged trees at the neighborhood entrance
Bellshire Neighborhood Replace existing mailboxes   LaRez Neighborhood Install ten new hanging sign panels and add a new neighborhood marker
Bloomingdale Neighborhood Add a new trellis in the neighborhood and enhance surrounding landscape areas   Laurel Ridge Neighborhood Install a new bench and two new picnic tables in the neighborhood
Bluewater Neighborhood Replace existing street signs and provide new information signage in the neighborhood   Log Cabin Park Neighborhood Replace several street signs throughout the neighborhood
Brickshire Village Neighborhood Plant trees and provide new landscaped screening area along Maysville Road behind neighborhood homes   Ludwig Park Neighborhood  Replace the existing neighborhood entrance sign
Burning Tree Neighborhood  Add two park benches and concrete pads within the common area   Maplewood Community Neighborhood Install new neighborhood message boards adjacent to the neighborhood entrance sign
Chandler’s Landing Neighborhood Replace existing light fixtures with new energy-efficient LED lights   Millstone Neighborhood Plant ten fruit trees throughout the neighborhood common area
Courts of Woodhurst Neighborhood Redesign the existing landscaping within the community courtyard area   Oak Glen Neighborhood Install new sings, benches, picnic tables, and add trash cans to the neighborhood common area
Covington Chase Neighborhood Remove existing invasive plants and replace them with new native trees and shrubs to restore the landscaped screening area   Pine Valley Neighborhood Continue the conversion of the existing tennis courts into a walkable nature preserve
Covington Pines Neighborhood Install a new entrance sign for the neighborhood   Poplar Neighborhood Install twelve raised beds for urban gardens
Covington Reserve III Neighborhood Redesign the landscaped area around the current neighborhood entrance   Renaissance Pointe Neighborhood Create and install revolving art murals at Bowser Park
Fall Creek Neighborhood Install new riprap erosion control around neighborhood pond   River Bend Woods Neighborhood Install new flat stone at the common area trails to help define the area for neighborhood residents
Foxchase Condominiums Install a landscaped area in order to create a rest area long the neighborhood trail   Shores of Oak Borough Neighborhood Install a 14’x 20’ patio with two benches in the common area
Glens of Liberty Mills Neighborhood Repair and/or replace existing neighborhood entrance signs   The Hollows Neighborhood Install three new park benches in the neighborhood common area
Hamlets West Neighborhood Remove existing invasive plants from the common area and replace them with new landscaping   Village of Buckingham Neighborhood Install new riprap erosion control, remove the existing ground cover and install a new bench in the neighborhood
Hearthstone Neighborhood Replace two existing outdated park benches   Villas of Rock Creek Neighborhood Refurbish the existing landscaping at the neighborhood entrance
Historic Southwood Park Neighborhood Install new street trees and a park bench with a concrete pad to create a neighborhood rest area   Wedgewood Place Neighborhood Enhance neighborhood common area with new seating options and refurbish existing play equipment
Illsley Place Neighborhood Add new entrance pillar plaques and replace several existing neighborhood banners   Wildwood Park Neighborhood Install a new digital speed sign and planters along the roadway to help reduce high speeds
Imperial – Swathmore Civic Neighborhood New landscaping at the entrance to the neighborhood   Williams Woodland Neighborhood Provide exterior home improvement or safety improvement repairs for neighborhood applicants, with up to $500 per applicant

Information and guidelines about the Neighborhood Improvement Grant program:

pdfFact Sheet


Click here to submit your 2022 Neighborhood Improvement Grant Reports

All projects must meet substantial completion no later than November 18, 2022

Fort Wayne's Neighborhood Planning and Activation workgroup is committed to ensuring residents, neighborhood groups, and community leaders work alongside the City's Community Development Division to create and support strong and vibrant neighborhoods. 

What Neighborhood Planning?

Neighborhood Planning offers local stakeholders (residents and community leaders) the opportunity to come together and shape the future of their neighborhood. Over the years, Fort Wayne's neighborhood plans have taken many forms, including plans for neighborhoods, areas, and corridors. Neighborhood plans do a lot for communities: 

  • Neighborhood Plans allow residents and businesses to engage in identifying a future vision for the area, and provide strategies and recommendations so they can reach that vision. 
  • Neighborhood Plans provide detailed recommendations for existing and future development to help ensure that neighborhoods grow as envisioned through the planning process. 
  • Neighborhood Plans can provide a level of analysis, detail, and guidance on issues affecting local areas that citywide plans cannot. 

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Across the City, nearly every resident lives in a neighborhood. While some are organized and registered, many are not. Neighborhood Activation is an effort to support existing neighborhoods through capacity building, community organizing and best practices research it's also an effort to support non-organized neighborhoods by working with residents to form associations, community organizing, and find/develop talent. 

  • Neighborhood Activation allows residents of a neighborhood to join existing associations, or form new associations and support strong neighborhoods for all.
  • Neighborhood Activation provides guidance to neighborhood associations who are interested in growing their capacity or ensuring residents are engaged. 
  • Neighborhood Activation works to build relationships, and restore community fabric in each neighborhood to ensure there is growing civic and social capital. 

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The community is the driving force behind each neighborhood association and neighborhood plan. The Neighborhood Planning and Activation workgroup will work with neighborhood associations (or residents interested in forming an association) to ensure that each neighborhood plan is co-created between the residents and stakeholders and the City. 

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