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Neighborhood Social Event Grants
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.
The 2018 application cycle is now open
There are four (4) grant application rounds in 2018.
Grant application deadlines:
- March 16, 2018: For events between April 1, 2018 and June 15, 2018
- June 1, 2018: For events between June 16, 2018 and August 31, 2018 (excluding events on August 7th)
- July 13, 2018: (please note this round is ONLY for events held on August 7, 2018 - Neighborhood Night Out)
- August 17, 2018: For events between September 1st, 2018 and October 19, 2018
Late applications will not be considered.
Please contact our office if you have any questions. Neighborhood Services can be reached by calling (970) 224-6076, emailing bnNwcm9ncmFtc0BmY2dvdi5jb20=, or visiting in person at 281 North College Avenue, 2nd Floor.
How much funding is available?
Up to $400 is available to fund individual neighborhood events. The funding is available in two categories:
- Food - up to $150 per event to help defray the cost to purchase items that your neighbors can eat at the event
- Facilities and Fun - up to $250 per event to help defray costs such as: renting a tent, tables, chairs, or a pavillion, and for entertainment costs such as a band, facepainter, bounce house, or art supplies.
What types of activities are eligible?
Eligible activities may include:
- Block parties
- Educational get-togethers
- Neighborhood clean-ups
- Ice cream socials
Ineligible activities include:
- Political campaigning
- Alcohol or marijuana purchases
- Purchasing paper products or bottled water
- Homeowner association business expenses
- Improvements to private property
- Purchasing lanscaping plants or materials
How are Applications Evaluated?
Grant applications are evaluated by the neighborhood grant committee using the following criteria and rating system:
|Fostering positive neighbor relationships or building neighborhood community & sense of pride||1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5|
|Building sense of community pride||1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5|
|Effort expended to include and engage all neighbors||1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5|
|Number of expected participants||1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5|
|Additional Contributions and volunteer hours contributed to event||1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5|
|Amount of funding recommended||$ _________|
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.After your grant funded event:Remember to fill out the Grant Evaluation. The evaluation must be completed prior to reimbursement.
Grant Terms and Conditions
- All grants must be utilized for projects benefiting the entire neighborhood; the application will require effort be shown to include 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 six (6) weeks for approval. Forms are available at fcgov.com/police/events-permits.php or contact Police Services at (970) 221-6540.
- Signed permission is required if event is held on private property. Signatures will be collected after applications have been reviewed.
- Receipts and an evaluation must be submitted to Neighborhood Services within 2 weeks following program or event.
- Grant funds may only be used to pay for expenses listed in grant application and approved by grant committee.
- Events will not be considered for funding retroactively.
- Unless requested and approved prior to an event, grant funds will not be disbursed until after receipts, invoices, or other evidence of expenditures has been submitted
- Neighborhood Services must be contacted in advance if the date or location of a funded event is changed
- Late applications will not be considered.
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.
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 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 notnecessary 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.