Love Your Block Mini Grants available to ‘beautify’ Richmond

Love Your Block Mini Grants available to ‘beautify’ Richmond
Photo courtesy of Richmond Community Services Department.

By Kathy Chouteau

The Love Your Block Mini-Grant Program is back. Applications are being accepted now through Feb. 25 for proposals that improve environmental quality by engaging community volunteers to clean-up and beautify Richmond, according to the City of Richmond Community Services Department.

A total of $80,000 is available for the fiscal year (FY) 2021-2023 mini-grant cycle and applicants can apply for mini-grants of up to $10,000. The program is made possible via a partnership between the Community Services Department and the City Manager’s Office, Economic Development.

To be eligible, applicants should be organizations with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor or nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax status. Applicants should also have an active status in the California Secretary of State Business Search and should not have received a Love Your Block Mini-Grant award during the fiscal year 2020-2022 cycle, said department officials.

Projects are required to take place within the City of Richmond’s boundaries in areas accessible to the public; unincorporated areas and spaces encroaching public agencies’ property aren’t eligible for mini-grants. (Some exceptions may apply if the applicant has a pre-existing agreement with an agency).

Projects—which must commence on or after July 1, 2022 and be completed by April 30, 2023—should “promote beautification, sustainability, health and safety, community engagement and/or the creation or improvement of public space,” per department officials.

Department officials also underscored that the projects should include a minimum of 10 community volunteers “to clean-up and beautify Richmond” and should encompass a community event “during which physical clean-up and beautification occurs.” While ongoing projects are eligible for the mini-grants, funds should not be utilized to reimburse expenses incurred before July 1, 2022 (FY2021-2023).

Past mini-grant projects have included community clean-ups/garden creations, painting, public art projects and the installation of new Little Free Libraries—to name a few.

To access the application, mini-grant guidelines, FAQs and other pertinent info, click here. Questions? Contact Love Your Block, Community Services Department at [email protected] or 510-620-6563.