Neighborhood beautification and greening efforts can improve quality of life for residents. New funding is now available for community projects through the Neighborhood Grant Program.
Any neighborhood organization may apply for up to $10,000 in grant funding to create projects that benefit the community. The Indianapolis City-County Council approved using $500,000 from the American Rescue Plan to pay for the program.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said it can help residents recover from the past two years.
“That type of healing begins in those public spaces that are closest to our homes,” Hogsett said.
The money may go to new park amenities, neighborhood cleanups, art projects or urban gardens.
Indianapolis City-County Council President Vop Osili said community investment is key.
“Our city's strength and health are only as robust as the neighborhood corner stones on which they rest,” Osili said.
Research shows place based greening and cleaning has added benefits including reduced crime and health improvements.
Groups have until June 6 to submit applications. The program will be facilitated by the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center. Another round of grants will open in the fall.