October 6, 2021 - The City of Fort Wayne’s Community Development Division today announced that the 2022 Neighborhood Improvement Grant program is now open. This is the fourth year for the program, which is designed to support neighborhood projects that beautify public spaces and strengthen community involvement.
Any registered Fort Wayne neighborhood association or one of the City’s four Area Partnerships can apply to receive up to $5,000 for the Neighborhood Improvement Grant.
The program is designed to support neighborhood projects that beautify public spaces and strengthen community involvement. The projects will enhance the aesthetics of the neighborhood, provide a clear community benefit, be accessible to all residents and increase civic pride.
“This program has been popular,” said Nancy Townsend, Director of Community Development. “It is gaining more interest and we have received more applications each year. We want to continue to provide programs and services that the community wants and will help neighborhoods stay organized, active and making improvements that the residents want.”
Examples include community gardens, improvements to community centers, benches, public art or signage. Expenses such as routine maintenance, social events or operating expenses were not covered.
“Neighborhoods are critical to the current and future success of Fort Wayne,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “I’m encouraged that the grant program continues to make a positive and meaningful difference for neighborhoods throughout our community.”
Proposals were evaluated and scored based on grant criteria and available funding. Information and guidelines about the Neighborhood Improvement Grant program can be found at www.FortWayneNeighborhoods.org by clicking on the “resources” menu item. Applications are due November 15. Grant recipients will be announced at the end of December.