Neighborhood Services is excited to offer grants to Fort Collins neighborhoods! Neighborhood grants will be available during three cycles in 2015. Grant amounts range from $25 to $500.
No formal information sessions are planned for the second or third round grants. For those applying for the July 16 or October 1 deadlines, please call or email Melanie Clark, Administrative Assistant, with questions or comments. She is happy to serve as a resource and to provide examples of previously funded events or projects. She can be reached at or 970-416-2351.
What type of activities are Eligible?
Eligible activities may include:
- neighborhood clean-ups,
- block parties or potlucks,
- beautification projects, and
- neighborhood gateway projects.
Ineligible activities include:
- political campaigning,
- alcohol purchase,
- homeowner association business expenses, and
- projects on private property.
How ARE Grants Evaluated?
Grants are evaluated based on the following criteria:
- fostering positive neighbor relationships,
- building a sense of pride in one's neighborhood and community,
- inclusive outreach to all residents in the neighborhood,
- number of neighbors participating and benefiting from event, and
- matching donations and volunteer hours contributed to event.
As the grant program gets more popular and more competitive, it is important to emphasize your neighborhood's contributions and any donations on your grant application. To help demonstrate this, we have created a sample budget for your use.
The City of Fort Collins has a strong commitment to sustainability and will not consider funds for paper plates, napkins, and other disposable items. Instead, we encourage neighbors to provide their own which will also reduce the amount of trash created. Neighborhoods should also share information about efforts to identify resources that may already exist, such as asking neighbors to use their own canopies, chairs, tables, etc. for the event.
The chart below will be utilized by neighborhood grant committee members who are reviewing applications and making funding recommendations.
- Fostering positive neighbor relationships 1 2 3 4 5
- Building neighborhood community & sense of pride 1 2 3 4 5
- Effort has been expended to be inclusive and engage all neighbors 1 2 3 4 5
- Percentage of neighbors participating and benefiting from event 1 2 3 4 5
- Matching donations and volunteer hours contributed to event 1 2 3 4 5
Amount of Funding Recommended $ _________
Grants will be awarded three times in 2015. Deadlines are March 26, July 16, and October 1. The July 16 deadline is ONLY for Neighborhood Night Out events. Other applications should be submitted by March 26 for events occurring before October 1. Events occurring later in the year should be applied for at the October 1 deadline date as there are fewer applications received, typically, at this date and additional monies have frequently become available as neighborhoods may be unable to use their awards in the first two grant periods. Late applications will not be considered. If you need a paper copy of the application, please contact us.
A W9 form must be submitted with Neighborhood Services at the time of application in order for the project to be considered. A link to this form is available on this webpage, below the application. Applicants will need to complete and submit the form with your application, even if you have submitted one in the past. This is for City of Fort Collins tax purposes only. You do not need to report this on your tax return. These funds are not considered income. Please return the W9 form to Neighborhood Services. While W-9 Forms can be received either electronically or through the mail, it is recommended they be submitted in person to reduce the risk of the applicant's personal information being lost or stolen.
Please note: the address on the W-9 and the entity (personal, HOA or other) that completes the W-9 is to whom the check will be written and the location to which the check will be mailed. There will be no exceptions to this standard. Previous W-9 forms will not be adequate for this requirement. All applicants must complete and submit this form prior to being considered for funding.
Considerations for project enhancement
If your project or event is associated with conservation or environmental sustainability efforts, there may be other City programs that could assist with funding or supplies for your neighborhood. We fully recommend exploring those possibilities and in combining resources for larger outcomes. Muliple service areas offer incentives, rebates, classes or supplies for such efforts. The Utilities rebate program as well as the City's Environmental Services department may assit you in beginning your search.
The application can be emailed to , faxed to 970-224-6050, or mailed to Neighborhood Services, Attention: Neighborhood Grants 281 N. College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80524. If emailed, please put Grant Application in the subject line. You may also drop off the application at the Neighborhood Services office at 281 N. College Avenue located on the 2nd floor.
Thought should be put into planning in order to allow time for checks to be written and administered to neighborhoods. Checks may not arrive until 4 weeks after the Friday following the close date of the application period, meaning that the funds may be considered a reimbursement for the event rather than provision of funding prior to the event, depending on timing of your event. Notification of awards will be by email unless requested otherwise. The notification will include a contract between the City and the Coordinator, which will require a return to Neighborhood Services. The contract must be received by Neighborhood Services before the check can be mailed.
OTHER IMPORTANT GUIDELINES
- All grants must be utilized for projects benefiting the entire neighborhood; application will require effort to be shown of inclusion of all neighbors.
- Grants must be submitted by neighborhood residents or residential associations, such as HOAs.
- No more than $500 will be granted to a neighborhood in a calendar year. “Neighborhood” will be considered a 500 foot radius from grant recipient’s address for this requirement.
- Special event permits are required for all events involving street closure. Special event permits typically require 6 weeks for approval. Forms are available at fcgov.com/police/events-permits or contact Polices Services at 970-221-6540.
- Signed permission is required if event is held on private property; see application.
- Receipts and an evaluation must be submitted to Neighborhood Services within 2 weeks following program or event.
Please note: Grant monies cannot be paid to a City of Fort Collins employee.
For specific information/tips on applications involving neighborhood cleanups, please click here.