The Neighborhood Matching Grant (NMG) program was established to assist recognized neighborhood organizations in funding projects which will enhance and strengthen neighborhoods. The program awards up to $3,000.00 in matching grant funds to eligible recognized neighborhood organizations. The grant is a competitive grant and neighborhoods will compete for the grant with other recognized neighborhoods.
The goal of the program is to facilitate neighborhood self-improvement. All projects are initiated, planned and implemented by neighborhood members. Every award is matched by neighborhoods’ or communities’ resources of volunteer labor, donated materials, donated professional services and/or cash. The program encourages collaboration and partnerships with the city and others. Grants are awarded annually by City Council.
How much money is available?
The maximum award is $3,000 per neighborhood organization. Neighborhoods may apply for any amount not to exceed $3,000. The value of the neighborhood’s contribution must be equal to or greater than the amount awarded.
Who Can Apply?
Any formally recognized neighborhood organization that has been in the City of Concord’s Neighborhood Program for at least one year. Eligible recognized neighborhood organizations should carefully read the program policy for full requirements.
Note: Recognized neighborhoods that are inactive and are considered in “dormant” status are not eligible for Neighborhood Matching Grant funds until they fulfill the criteria for reactivation.
What kinds of projects are eligible?
Single projects that address a neighborhood issue or need in one of five categories are eligible for funding:
Physical Improvement Projects: landscaping or beautification of a subdivision entrance, planting trees, retention pond rehab, adding playground or recreation equipment, community gardens, street light installation, and neighborhood clean-ups.
Neighborhood Identity Projects: entrance signage, street sign toppers, markers, banners, and public art.
Community building events -- neighborhood-based events and celebrations such as July 4th parade, national night out festival, outdoor health/recreation (walking, biking, running) events, and emergency preparedness training and fairs.
Environmental projects -- such as stormwater detention, bank stabilization, and creek clean-up relating to larger public systems (projects must protect and enhance the greater public systems and facilities.
Public Safety Projects: National Night Out Event activities, Neighborhood Watch Resources, Youth Crime Prevention projects or programs, disaster planning or emergency preparedness fairs, Graffiti removal on common property or structures, Family safety training and activities.
Neighborhood Matching Grantees