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Flexible Neighborhood Grants

The City of Bowling Green Neighborhood & Community Services Department is continuing the suspension of its Select Neighborhood Action Program (SNAP) for the 2022 Grant Cycle, or 2022-2023 Fiscal Year. All currently funded grant 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, however, for the first time, the City is restricting grant awards by geography as follows:

For the grant cycle 2022-2023, grant awards are restricted to a) projects located within or for the benefit of the BG Reinvestment Area (see map) and b) projects located within or for the benefit of neighborhoods within the city limits of Bowling Green that were damaged by the December 11, 2021 or January 1, 2022 tornadoes.

NCS, in consultation with Emergency Management and/or the BG-WC Long Term Recovery Group reserves the right to qualify locations meeting the criteria of neighborhoods damaged by these tornadoes. To clarify, projects ARE NOT restricted to tornado repairs.

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.

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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