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Upcoming neighborhood and business grants

Check out the list below to find out more about upcoming neighborhood and business grants:

NBS' Facade Improvement Grant assists businesses and commercial property owners with improving their building’s appearance. In doing so, the program helps bring signs, parking and landscaping into conformance with current codes.

As part of the program, the grant provides eligible businesses or property owners with 50 percent reimbursement for certain architectural renovation expenses. Sixty percent reimbursement may be available on a case-by-case basis for businesses who utilize a certified Small Business Enterprise firm.

Applications are due Monday, Aug. 15. For more information, contact Veronica Mosley at vmosley@charlottenc.gov.

​The Neighborhood Matching Grants program​ awards up to $25,000 to eligible neighborhood-based organizations to complete projects that will improve their community's quality of life.

Applications are due Thursday, Sept. 1. For more information, please contact Nicole Storey at nrstorey@charlottenc.gov​.

City of Charlotte and Microsoft partner to provide summer camps to local teens

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts recently announced a collaboration with Microsoft's Charlotte campus to introduce 300 students to careers in technology.

This summer, 200 Charlotte girls participating in the DigiGirlz Summer Camp will listen to speakers, participate in technology tours and demonstrations, network and learn through hands-on experiences in workshops. Additionally, next year, Roberts and Microsoft will launch the first-ever DigiGuyz High Tech Summer Camp. Expanding the DigiGirlz model, the camp will introduce 100 high school-aged males of technology and career fields in the high tech industry.​

For more information about the camps, please contact Youth Programs Manager Dawn Hill at dmhill@charlottenc.gov. For more information about the Mayor's Youth Employment Program, please contact Youth Programs Specialist Sophia Davis at scdavis@charlottenc.gov.

Eight neighborhoods receive more than $100,000 in Neighborhood Matching Grants
Eight neighborhoods in northeast, northwest, and southeast Charlotte recently received more than $100,000 worth of Neighborhood Matching Grant funds for community projects.

The Neighborhood Matching Grants program awards funding to eligible neighborhood-based organizations for community projects. Organizations can submit applications for $10,000 or $25,000 for projects ranging from landscaping and bike racks to Little Free Libraries and lighting upgrades. They are also required to match the funds received with cash, volunteer labor or in-kind donations.

Among the latest grant recipients are Kingswood Community Association, which received a $24,612 grant for a small playground, and Orchard Trace, which received $25,000 for crime prevention. Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Association received $18,922 for a community garden and Amity Place Homeowners Association was awarded $18,650 for a fence replacement. 

Also receiving grant funds were:
Shamrock Hills Neighborhood Association -- $1,225 for outreach
Rockwell CDC -- $350 for a Community Night Out
Carmel Village Area 2 Homeowners Association -- $11,242 for pool area improvements
Monroe Road Advocates, Inc. -- $7,177 for outreach

For more information about the Neighborhood Matching Grants program, visit charlottenc.gov/nbs.
Link: Neighborhood Matching Grants
Charlotte recognized as a Playful City USA community
Charlotte is being honored with a Playful City USA designation for the second time. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable. Charlotte and Mecklenburg County provide a host of creative and affordable play options for its residents and visitors, including the newly-opened First Ward Park, extensive Greenway system, US National Whitewater Center and temporary parklets in Uptown.
“I am thrilled that Charlotte is being honored as a Playful City USA Community for the second year in a row,” Mayor Jennifer Roberts said. “Our city’s children thrive when they get balanced and active play, and I am so pleased that we’re being recognized for creating innovative spaces for all kids and families to live, learn, work and play.”
Communities across the country are creating innovative ways to bring back play and attract residents through family friendly activities. Interactive sidewalk art, designated play spaces on trails and the transformation of schoolyards into active play areas are just a few examples of how cities are becoming more playful. 
“We are thrilled to recognize these communities that have invested their time and efforts to put kids first,” said KaBOOM! CEO James Siegal. “Balanced and active play is crucial to the well-being of kids and the communities that they thrive in.  By integrating play into cities, the leaders of Playful Cities USA are working to attract and retain the thousands of families that want homes in close proximity to safe places to play.”

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