Applications are now available for the 2012 Neighborhood Improvement Grant Fund from the city of Elgin. The program was revised in 2012 to require all projects be compatible with sustainable practices and demonstrate a focus on “green” projects. Other criteria and eligibility requirements remained the same as in the past, continuing to provide funding for both small and large neighborhood improvement projects. Applications will be reviewed and awarded by the city’s new Sustainability Commission.
The Small Green Project Fund will provide matching funds up to $1,000 to support projects such as community raised bed gardens, bicycle racks, educational or recycling events. The grant continues to be available throughout the year as long as funding remains.
The Sustainable Neighborhood Project Fund provides up to $15,000 in matching funds, and requires a formal application and review process with awards given out once a year. Projects such as rain gardens, community gardens, permeable pavers, solar lighting, or bike/walking path improvements are examples of eligible projects. The application deadline for the Sustainable Neighborhood Project Fund is March 30. Applicants are encouraged to make an appointment for a pre-application review prior to submitting their final application by calling 847-214-5861.
The city of Elgin established the Neighborhood Improvement Grant Program (NIGP) in 1996 to provide financial assistance and incentives for neighborhood groups and community organiza-tions in the development and implementation of projects benefiting their respective neighbor-hoods. The grants were designed to encourage citizen participation and community pride through supporting volunteer efforts in the neighborhoods.
Applications and guidelines are available on-line at www.cityofelgin.org/NIGP or call the city at 847-931-6100 to request a mailed copy. For more information about the grant program, contact the Neighborhood Engagement Office at 847-214-5861.