Neighborhood Matching Grants Program

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 and funds are available on a first come first serve basis. 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 guidelines 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?

The grant may be used for projects which will improve the neighborhood, market the neighborhood, or strengthen the neighborhood organization. There is no specific list of projects, however, examples of projects might include, landscaping, sign toppers or entrance signs, traffic calming, educational programs, newsletters, or neighborhood watch activities. The funds may not be used for general operating expenses of the neighborhood organization. All projects must demonstrate its capacity to benefit the entire neighborhood, and must:

  • Be completed in twelve (12) months or less
  • Include a match of contributions from volunteer time, cash, or in-kind donations of goods and services. 
  • Comply with City regulations and permits in effect at the time of application.

Where can I get an application?

2014 application forms are available for download on the City’s website or you can request a copy via . Click here to download a copy of the application.

Learn more by reading and reviewing program guidelines or contact the Community Outreach Coordinator via email at or call (704) 920.5298.

 

2013 Neighborhood Matching Grantees

Glen Grove
Neighborhood Gathering Place (Phase 1)

Grant Amount - $3,000

The neighborhood would like to create a gathering space for all residents to enjoy. Phase 1 will include construction of a gazebo, installation of benches and installation of a concrete ramp to provide handicap access. Seven neighbors have volunteered time to build the gazebo onsite from a kit. By building a gathering area, the neighborhood organization hopes to encourage the neighbors to make use of the land in a way that continues to foster a cohesive and close knit community. Total project amount - $6,4220

Yates Meadow
Community Announcement Board/ Landscaping Beautification

Grant Amount - $2,000

The secondary entrance to neighborhood will be enhanced by building up of existing monument sign, adding lighting and upgrading shrubbery and other plantings. These enhancements will improve the overall look of the secondary entrance to match the primary front entrance. A community member has agreed to design the monument and develop a landscape design plan. Six (6) volunteers from the neighborhood will dig up overgrown weeds and relocate plants as well as contribute to the design and planning. Ongoing maintenance will be provided by members of the community. Total project amount - $9,070

Kings Crossing 
Decorative Street Signs Project

Grant Amount - $3,000

Grant funds will be used to purchase and install decorative street signage throughout the neighborhood. Total project amount- $9,654

Afton Village 
New Entrance Sign & Beautification Project

Grant Amount - $3,000

Grant funds will be used to construct a new neighborhood entrance sign that will enhance the visibility of the neighborhood from Popular Tent Road. The sign will be located in the center island and will include a landscaped area with flowers. Also, volunteers from the community’s garden club will plant shrubbery and flowers in the main common area to create a  more appealing meeting space for neighborhood events and socials. The design plan is to add annual plants to add color during the changing seasons. The project includes donations a local nursery as well as in-kind services from a local contractor. Total project amount - $5,067

Roberta Farms 
Playground Improvement Project

Grant Amount - $2,325

Grant funds will be used to help refurbish and improve the neighborhood's playground.  The improvements will enhance the safety and apperance of the play area as well as provide a level safe area with "Kid Cushion" surfacing which is ADA accessible.  Residents will volunteer over 70 hrs to refurbish equipment, remove old mulch flooring, and install new flooring and play systems. By improving the playground, the neighborhood organization hopes to provide a safe place for all to enjoy. Total project amount - $3,111

Zemosa Acres
Printing of Newsletters and Neighborhood Directory

Grant Amount - $975

The newsletters and the directory will help the neighborhood maintain the lines of communication for meeting schedules, neighborhood gatherings, upcoming neighborhood services, concerns and social activities as well as what is going on within the City of Concord. The directory is designed to help neighbors get to know each other better and easily contact each other. The newsletter will be published four times during the year and will be hand delivered to each member by sixteen delivery people. Total project amount - $1,400.00

 

Brandon Ridge  
Playground/Park Improvement Project

Grant Amount - $3,000

Grant funds will be used to enhance the neighborhood playground area by installing additional amenities. The added amenities will support a wider variety of recreation activities and make the area more enjoyable for residents. The amenities include a large shade canopy over the playground equipment, two benches, outdoor park grade charcoal grill, and a permanent bean bag toss (corn hole) board. Total project amount - $14,500

 

Carriage Downs
Upgrade lighting system in neighborhood        

Grant Amount - $2,467

Grant funds will be used to enhance the lighting at front entrance and in areas around the community clubhouse. Current lighting will be upgraded to LED lights, which will enhance safety and the aesthetic appearance of the neighborhood. The lighting will also add energy saving as well as emit a brighter light. Total project amount - $4,735

 

 

 

 

2012 Neighborhood Matching Grantees

Fairway Ridge
Installation of Decorative Street lights

Grant Amount - $3,000

Street lighting project to help replacing of all standard pole street lighting with decorative park-style lighting throughout the entire neighborhood and in some areas install decorative light were no lighting currently exist. There is one decorative pole at the front entrance while other areas of the neighborhood where lighting exist include the standard wood cobra style lights. The proposed lighting will help to enhance safety as well as improve the symmetry and aesthetic appearance of the neighborhood. Total project amount - $7,750

Glen Grove
Beautification of Secondary Entrance into Neighborhood

Grant Amount - $3,000

The secondary entrance to neighborhood will be enhanced by building up of existing monument sign, adding lighting and upgrading shrubbery and other plantings. These enhancements will improve the overall look of the secondary entrance to match the primary front entrance. A community member has agreed to design the monument and develop a landscape design plan. Six (6) volunteers from the neighborhood will dig up overgrown weeds and relocate plants as well as contribute to the design and planning. Ongoing maintenance will be provided by members of the community. Total project amount - $9,070

Governor’s Pointe
Beautification of Common Area & Entrance/Newsletter

Grant Amount - $3,000

Grant funds will be used to enhance common areas including the front entrance and publish and distribute community newsletters. The funds will be used to enhance the entrance into neighborhood and common area at the center island by upgrading landscaping to include stone work and upgrading shrubbery. Entrance sign area will be upgraded to include removing of shrubs and installation of handy stone to make planter for flowers. The neighborhood was able to partner with a contractor who will provide materials at discounted rate. Four neighbors will volunteer time towards the project. The request also includes amount to print and mail monthly newsletters for which three (3) board members have committee to volunteering sweat equity. Total project amount- $5,352

Residents of Historic Concord
Purchase of 38 Street Sign Toppers

Grant Amount - $703

The street sign toppers will help to enhance the visibility of the neighborhood. Signs will be placed at prominent intersections throughout the neighborhood. Total project amount - $1,406

Yates Meadows
Neighborhood Gathering Place - Gazebo & Picnic Tables (Phase 1)

Grant Amount - $1,147

Grant funds will be used to help develop a Neighborhood Gathering Place on the undeveloped common area. This project will be completed in two phases. Phase 1 will include construction of a neighborhood gathering area to include a place for picnics, parties, and outdoor meetings. The gathering place will have a gazebo, picnic tables, barbeque grills, and a horseshoe pit. By building a gathering area, the neighborhood organization hopes to encourage the neighbors to make use of the land in a way that fosters a cohesive and close knit community. Grant funds will be used to purchase and install the gazebo and picnic tables. Total project amount - $8,800.00

Zemosa Acres
Printing of Newsletters and Neighborhood Directory

Grant Amount - $650

The newsletters and the directory will help the neighborhood maintain the lines of communication for meeting schedules, neighborhood gatherings, upcoming neighborhood services, concerns and social activities as well as what is going on within the City of Concord. The directory is designed to help neighbors get to know each other better and easily contact each other. The newsletter will be published four times during the year and will be hand delivered to each member by sixteen delivery people. Total project amount - $1,400.00

 

Neighborhoods

 

For more info, contact:
 
Cherie Jzar
Community Outreach Coordinator
704-920-5298