Neighborhood Matching Grants Program
To make neighborhoods better places to live, work, play and shop by providing grants for neighborhood-based organizations to facilitate neighborhood improvement projects.
The Neighborhood Improvement Program awards grants for neighborhood-based organizations to implement projects that will improve the growth and sustainability of their neighborhoods. These projects may physically improve neighborhoods or help neighborhood organizations become stronger. Neighborhood organizations within Richland County are encouraged to submit applications for grant funding that focus on one of the three areas of emphasis — organizational development, educational/recreational initiatives and public safety efforts.
The maximum amount of funding to be awarded by the Neighborhood Improvement Program will be $1,500.00 per neighborhood organization. All grants are approved by County Council. Neighborhoods must provide a match for the amount of monies requested. The match may be in the form of volunteer hours, cash, or in-kind.
Eligible projects must provide a public benefit to the neighborhood and its residents, involve neighborhood people directly in all phases and be achievable by June following the award year. Projects should fit into one of the following areas of emphasis:
- Membership recruitment drives
- Program flyers
- Neighborhood entrance sign
- Community festivals
- After school tutoring
- Student recognition programs
- Community garden
- Sports camp
- National Night Out
- Crime watch signs
- Crime prevention and fire safety programs
- Street light installation
Examples of ineligible projects include, but are not limited to:
- Flower/tree plantings in common areas
- Operating budget expenses
- Purchasing computers or software materials
- Printing on personal computers
- Home repairs for personal property
Neighborhood Organizations within Richland County
All applications are due in-person or via mail on Friday, March 3, 2017 by 5:00 pm.
Submit Application to:
Neighborhood Improvement Program
Latoisha Green, Neighborhood Planner
2020 Hampton Street (1st floor), P.O. Box 192
Columbia, SC 29202