Neighborhood Grants & Beautification
|S.N.A.P. Grants help Bowling Green neighborhoods make improvements.|
Characteristics of a Healthy Neighborhood
A healthy neighborhood is:
- A place where it makes economic and emotional sense for people to invest their time, money and energy, and,
- A place where neighbors successfully manage neighborhood-related issues and neighborhood change.
Any neighborhood organization located in the city of Bowling Green that meets eligibility and matching fund requirements may apply for SNAP funding. For the purposes of SNAP, a neighborhood organization is defined as:
- A neighborhood watch group;
- A neighborhood association or other group of residents in a geographical area of single family and/or multi-family residences;
- A homeowner or condo association; or
- A tenant group or resident council in a multi-unit apartment complex or mobile home park.
The application deadline for 2013 SNAP Grants is Monday, July 1, 2013.
Neighborhood Eligibility Requirements
- Your neighborhood must be located within the City limits of Bowling Green.
- Your neighborhood must register annually with the Neighborhood Services Office. A registration form is included in the application packet.
- Your neighborhood must be active, meeting at least once per year.
- Your group must have been in existence for at least six months OR must have met at large within six months prior to application.
- Your group must have been represented at a designated Neighborhood Training Session (see list below).
- The boundaries of your neighborhood organization must include at least 20 households to qualify for a full grant award. Applicants representing neighborhoods with fewer than 20 households qualify for a fraction equal to their number of households, based on the maximum amount available to them as a first time ($5,000) or repeat ($2,500) SNAP applicant.
Kinds of Projects
- Neighborhood Organizing
- Neighborhood Beautification
- Capital Purchase Projects
- Neighborhoods & Schools Celebrating Partnerships
- Professional Services
- No late applications will be considered for funding.
- Applicants may submit more than one project for consideration, but funding of multiple projects is not guaranteed. Additional projects may be undertaken to boost matching requirements, increase neighborhood participation, or to employ a complementary “Strategy for Creating Healthy Neighborhoods.”
- First time SNAP recipients may receive no more than $5,000. Applicants who have received a SNAP award at any time since 2008 may request no more than $2,500. Applicants representing neighborhoods with fewer than 20 households qualify for a fraction equal to their number of households, based on the maximum amount available to them as a first time or repeat SNAP applicant. (Example: A first time applicant with 10 households would be eligible for 10/20, or one half, of $5,000; a repeat applicant with 17 households would be eligible for 17/20 of $2,500.)
- Maximum amount of $400 may be requested for legal and/or accounting fees related to incorporation and/or establishing nonprofit, tax-exempt status.
- Up to $300 may be requested for a Neighborhood Organizing project, with no match required. A request meeting this description is also exempted from the first time/repeat applicant rule outlined above.
- A 20% match of the requested award amount is required. Match can be met through cash, in-kind donation, or volunteer labor valued at $15 per hour. No match is required for a a project related to incorporation/non-profit or tax exempt status, or for a Neighborhood Organizing project equal to or less than $300.
- Project location must be within the city limits of Bowling Green.
- Project activity must be fully compliant with the City of Bowling Green Code of Ordinances, Kentucky Revised Statutes, and all applicable codes, policies and procedures of the City of Bowling Green.
- Landscape and/or signage projects on right-of-way require approval by Public Works. Additional forms are required for these projects and must be submitted with the SNAP application.
2013 Neighborhood Training Sessions Include the Following
- "All About SNAP 2013", offered Thursday, June 13, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at BG Parks & Recreation
- "The Right Tree" Landscape class, April 17, 2013
- BGCAN Spring Rally of the Neighborhoods, April 29, 2013
- BGCAN Winter Rally of the Neighborhoods, January 29, 2013
- BGPD Citizen's Police Academy, Fall 2012 or Spring 2013
- BGCAN Fall Rally of the Neighborhoods, October 29, 2012
- Over 50 Citizen's Academy, offered Oct. 22-26, 2012
- "All About SNAP" Neighborhood University Session, offered Thursday, July 26, 2012 at BG Police Department. Choose one of two session: 3:00-4:30 p.m. or 6:30-8:00 p.m.
- Watch this space for additional trainings as they are scheduled!
- SNAP 2013 Application Packet
- SNAP 2013 Program Guidelines Brochure
- Application for Approval To Adopt ROW For Landscape Purposes
- Application for Approval To Install Decorative Signposts
- Petition in Support of SNAP Grant
- Register Your Neighborhood Form