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Neighborhood Matching Grant Program Awards over $161,000 to 15 Neighborhood-Based Organizations

Thursday, June 2, 2011                                                                                                                

Contact: Justine Gazzola
Phone: 704-336-2350
Cell: 704-315-3259
Email: jgazzola@charlottenc.gov

(Charlotte, N.C.) – The April cycle of the City’s Neighborhood Matching Grants Program is complete and a total of $161,522.42 has been awarded to 15 Charlotte neighborhood-based organizations to help complete a wide variety of improvement projects, from neighborhood beautification initiatives to community safety and after school tutoring programs.
The Neighborhood Matching Grant Program awards funds, up to $25,000, to eligible neighborhood-based organizations for projects that will make neighborhoods better places to live, work and play. Organizations are required to match the funds requested. The match must be directly related to the proposed project, and may be in the form of cash, volunteer labor, or in-kind donations (equipment, supplies, professional services, etc.). Eligible organizations submit an application which is reviewed and selected by a formal Review Team during each grant cycle.

Below are the approved Neighborhood Matching Grant projects for the April cycle:

Madison Park Homeowner’s Association: $24,857.60
Creation of “Madison Central Park”, a collaboration with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Revolution Park Neighborhood Association: $12,600
Creation of a “Community Study Hall” for after school tutoring for 75 neighborhood children

Steele Oaks Braddock Green Homeowner’s Association: $2,720.54
Conducting a neighborhood safety initiative and hosting a “Crime Watch Block Party”

Southend Neighborhood Association: $2,139.30
Organizational development, marketing and membership campaign

Winterfield Neighborhood Association: $10,788
Creation and expansion of the “Strings Program” at Winterfield Elementary School in collaboration with the Charlotte Symphony

Echo Hills Neighborhood Association: $5,866.47
Creation of custom iron neighborhood entrance signs and beautification of a neighborhood common area

Chestnut Lake Neighborhood Association: $930
Addition of lighting to the neighborhood entrance to increase visibility
Eastside Youth Council: $833.30
Organizational development and team building activities for a youth council in the Oakhurst Neighborhood and surrounding areas

Historic North Charlotte Neighborhood Association: $25,000
Painting of a mural depicting the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence on the Matheson Street Bridge in collaboration with the Arts and Science Council

Rockwell Park Neighborhood Association: $17,457.55
Neighborhood beautification and a Back-to-School event

Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods: $19,489.20
Neighborhood beautification and revitalization event, providing back-to-school supplies to neighborhood youth

Belmont Community Development Corporation: $14,091
Creation of a computer lab providing computer skills training to Belmont residents

Lakewood Neighborhood Alliance: $7,600
Production of a series of bullying education workshops for neighborhood families

Lakewood Community Development Corporation: $2,950
Production of a Youth Summit for neighborhood youth, focusing on leadership development, goal setting and decision making

Reid Park Neighborhood Association: $14,199.46
Neighborhood beautification initiative

The Neighborhood Matching Grants Program has been helping Charlotte citizens improve their neighborhoods since 1993 and is funded locally as part of the City’s Capital Investment Program. Neighborhoods in neighborhood statistical areas with median household income not more than $57,489 may be eligible to apply. Grants are awarded four times a year and applications are accepted on February 15th, April 15th, June 15th and September 15th. Organizations interested in applying for a Neighborhood Matching Grant must send a representative to a Neighborhood Matching Grant Pre-Application Workshop.

For more information, visit http://nbs.charlottenc.gov or contact Aisha Alexander at (704) 336-2175.