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Flexible Neighborhood Grants

The City of Bowling Green Neighborhood & Community Services Department is suspending its Select Neighborhood Action Program (SNAP) for the 2020 Grant Cycle, or 2020-2021 Fiscal Year. All currently funded SNAP projects may continue to spend down their balances until their projects are concluded. The Flexible Neighborhood Grant (FNG) is offered instead.

The City of Bowling Green Neighborhoods Division seeks project proposals for pilot place-making projects, neighborhood improvements, or other services or enhancements provided in neighborhood or downtown locations within the city limits of Bowling Green. The maximum grant award is $7500. Any non-profit organization, informal or formal neighborhood group, or other civic organization may apply.

Funding proposals should be for projects or initiatives that can be launched within a time period of not more than 6 months and may include temporary or trial projects, as well as short or long term ones. At minimum, demonstration of preliminary neighborhood support for the project should be documented.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed as they are submitted. The review may recommend immediate available funding, deferred funding, or proposal rejection. Projects that are recommended for deferred funding may be reviewed again on a quarterly basis. All applications ultimately approved for funding may be subject to funding conditions outlined in a grant agreement.

Project Ideas

  • Repairs to existing neighborhood amenities
  • Temporary or pilot “place-making” activities
  • Activities that bring people together even if they can’t physically assemble together (art projects, letter-writing campaigns, virtual activities)
  • Public art and inspiring messaging
  • Neighbor-share projects for gardening, home maintenance, recreation, etc.
  • Projects that help provide relief to essential workers or vulnerable populations during COVID-19

Depending on the project, additional documents may be required by Neighborhood Services. While no match is required for the Flexible Neighborhood Grant, partnerships and projects which exhibit collaboration and demonstrate a match through in-kind donations, supplemental funding, and/or sweat equity are highly encouraged.

Flexible Neighborhood Grant - Application

Application

If you would like to apply for a Flexible Neighborhood Grant, please fill out the form below. Please note to attach any supporting documents (budget outline, letters of support, etc) to your application. We will review your submission and will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

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