We believe that citizens are our most valuable resource and it is our goal to promote positive neighboring activities and neighborhood improvements by providing financial assistance through neighborhood grants. Grants from $25 to $500 are available for eligible projects. Please read the application thoroughly before applying.
Grant application deadlines:
Round 1: March 31st
Round 2: July 14th (please note this round is ONLY for events held on August 1, 2017 - Neighborhood Night Out)
Round 3: September 29th
Late applications will not be considered.
Grant applications are evaluated by the neighborhood grant committee using the following criteria and rating system:
|Fostering positive neighbor relationships||1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5|
|Building sense of community pride||1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5|
|Effort expended to include and engage all neighbors||1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5|
|Number of expected participants||1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5|
|Material goods contributed / donated to event||1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5|
|Volunteer contributions to event||1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5|
|Amount of funding recommended||$ _________|
The City of Fort Collins has a strong commitment to sustainability and will not consider funds for disposable items. We encourage neighbors to provide their own plates, napkins, and other items, 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.
Please note: Grant monies cannot be paid to a City of Fort Collins employee.
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 application receives final approval.
Payment will be issued after projects and events have been completed, and receipts and evaluation have been submitted to Neighborhood Services. 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 six (6) weeks after receipts and the evaluation have been received.
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 recommend exploring those possibilities and potentially combining resources. Multiple 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 assist you in beginning your search.
A Form W9 must be submitted to Neighborhood Services if your grant application receives preliminary approval. Applicants will need to complete and submit the form even if they have submitted one in the past. This is for City of Fort Collins tax purposes only. It is not necessary to report this on a tax return as these funds are not considered income. The Form W9 must be received by Neighborhood Services before the application receives final approval.
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.