Flexible Neighborhood Grants

The City of Bowling Green Neighborhood & Community Services Department offers a Flexible Neighborhood Grant (FNG) program, for the purposes of neighbor-driven and neighborhood-focused improvement and organizing projects, a program which has been offered annually since it began as the Select Neighborhood Action Program (SNAP) in 1999.

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, provided that the project location is proposed within the city limits of Bowling Green.

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. In the event that the total project cost exceeds available Flexible Neighborhood Grant funds, applicants are required to demonstrate that all additional project funds are committed and secured.

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
  • Neighbor-share projects for gardening, home maintenance, recreation, etc.
  • Neighborhood-school partnerships
  • Neighborhood and special events
  • Beautification (tree, landscaping, streetscape projects)
  • Historic preservation projects
  • Professional services to support neighborhood organizations (website, printing, accounting/legal fees for incorporating, 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


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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