Dissatisfied with something in your neighborhood? The city of Tacoma’s Neighborhood Innovative Grant Program makes funding possible to residents and community groups who propose ideas to better their communities.
Tom Ebenhoh, chair of the New Tacoma Neighborhood Council, said that the program gives people an opportunity to put forward ideas and projects that “address blight, make public space more accessible, or revitalize their neighborhood in a creative and inclusive way.”
These proposed projects — which in the past have included reactivating community parks and cleaning up damaged areas — are made possible by grants that range from $500 to $8,000. Each Neighborhood Council selects projects to be funded within their district, and residents and community groups of two or more people are invited to apply.
“It really is about empowering residents to impact their communities at the most basic levels,” Ebenhoh said. Program manager Shari Hart said that since 1992, the program has funded hundreds of impactful projects.
Applications for the city of Tacoma’s 2019 Neighborhood Innovative Grant Program are available now and due by January 15. Residents looking to learn more can attend an informational workshop on Nov. 14 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Police Department Sector 4 Substation (400 E. 56th St.) or on Dec. 3 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Police Department Sector 1 Substation (1524 Martin Luther King Jr Way). RSVPs and questions should go to firstname.lastname@example.org.