Durham County

Durham seeks neighborhoods for matching grant program

Durham neighborhood groups seeking to make their community a better place to live, work, play, and shop can now apply for the next round of City of Durham grant funding for neighborhood improvement projects.

The city’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Department is seeking applications for its Neighborhood Matching Grants Program, which provides grants up to $2,500 to neighborhood associations, homeowner associations, community watch groups, and resident groups for projects that benefit a neighborhood’s quality of life.

Examples of projects to be considered for funding include physical improvement projects such as beautification projects or tree plantings; neighborhood pride projects such as newsletters or special events; education and training projects such as youth programs; and public safety projects such as crime prevention programs.

Selected projects must provide a dollar-for-dollar match for city funds awarded. There are several types of contributions eligible for meeting the match requirements including volunteer labor, donated professional services, donated materials, and cash donations.

Neighborhood groups interested in learning more about the program are encouraged to attend one of the following information sessions:

▪  Monday, June 12 at 6 p.m., South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Ave.

▪  Thursday, June 15 at 6 p.m., North Regional Library, 221 Milton Road

▪  Monday, June 19 at 6 p.m., The Carrack, 947 E. Main St.

▪  Wednesday, June 21 at 6 p.m., El Centro Hispano, 2000 Chapel Hill Rd., Suite 26A

Groups can also visit the department’s web page to review the complete application guidelines. Applications are due July 31, and grants will be awarded in late August. Projects will be implemented October through December 2017.

For additional information, visit the department’s web page or contact a member of the department’s Community Engagement team at 919-560-1647.