Chandler’s Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program provides funding of up to $10,000 to registered traditional neighborhoods within the City of Chandler. Traditional neighborhoods participating in the Neighborhood Registration Program can apply for this grant once every three years. Currently, the Chandler Neighborhood Grant program is funded at $15,000 annually.
The Program empowers resident leaders, promotes resident participation, and improves the quality of life in Chandler neighborhoods. The grants are designed to assist in strengthening and sustaining the social network of the Chandler community while dealing creatively to address cultural, security, beautification, recreation, and family/youth issues through resident-driven activities within each neighborhood.
The grants encourage and support neighborhood groups to invest in and build on the existing strengths and assets of each neighborhood. Grants are intended to spur small grassroots community efforts and improve the quality of life of each neighborhood through resident involvement. The program is an opportunity for residents to learn the value of community and how neighborhood partnerships can be effectively invested to support strong and stable neighborhoods throughout the City of Chandler.
Under the Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program, the City may provide a grant award not to exceed $10,000 to a traditional neighborhood group for a small improvement project in the neighborhood. The amount of the grant award shall be paid at the completion of the project and payments will be made on behalf of the NEGP directly to the contractor and/or supplier providing goods or services to the neighborhood for the project.
To be considered for an award, an applicant shall comply with each of the following application requirements:
- The applicant shall be an unincorporated association or group of property owners within a residential neighborhood acting in jointly or in concert for the betterment of the neighborhood.
- The applicant shall be an active and current participant in the City of Chandler Neighborhood Registration Program.
- The applicant shall have reviewed the grant requirements with the Neighborhood Programs Administrator.
Neighborhoods applying for a Neighborhood Enhancement Grant should not have an active Annual Jump Start Grant.
- The applicant shall not have been awarded a Neighborhood Enhancement Grant within the three-year period immediately preceding the date of the filing of the application for benefits under this Program.
- The applicant shall not hold an uncompleted grant from the City of Chandler for any year prior to the date of the filing of the application for benefits under this Traditional Program.
- The project for which an award is sought shall be of an “eligible project type.”
- The project for which an award is sought shall not have commenced prior to the City providing written approval of the grant award for the project. Any on-going project and any funding expended prior to the approval of the grant are not eligible. The exception to this requirement is for pre-planning of the project to include data gathering, project costs and bids.
- A completed written application in such form as may be required by the City and signed by a neighborhood leader for and on behalf of the neighborhood shall have been submitted to the Neighborhood Programs Office. In addition, three (3) written proposals or bids for materials and/ or services being obtained for the project must be attached to the application.
- The neighborhood leader signing the application shall submit documentation required by Arizona law to obtain a state or local public benefit. (See A.R.S. § 1-502, eff. 11-24-09).
Below is a list of eligible project types for which a grant may be awarded. They are:
- Enhanced landscaping (e.g., tree planting/replacement; public right-of-way landscape improvements, but excluding rear or enclosed yard improvements or private front yard rock. Projects should occur along highly visible public areas such as along collector or arterial streets.) Successful applicants are highly encouraged to work with the City’s Water Conservation Division when selecting landscaping materials.
- Neighborhood Block Watch signs. (Block Watch signs must be approved by Chandler Police through the Crime Prevention Officer.)
- Minor neighborhood park improvements
- Traffic Calming Implementation (e.g., traffic circles, speed humps, etc.)
- Trap Neuter and Release (TNR) Program. To qualify for this project, a volunteer responsibility task list will be required along with an outline of the neighborhood notification process.
- Paint for community walls that are adjoining and facing a public right-of-way such as a collector or arterial street. The walls must be painted one unified color and all colors will be approved by the Grant Review Committee. Property owners shall be asked to maintain the selected paint color for five (5) years. A color swatch with the paint vendor information will be provided. Notification with a request for participation must be mailed to all qualifying residents in the neighborhood.
- Minor repairs for neighborhood block walls and wooden fences facing City arterial/collector streets. There must be participation by a minimum of 10 residents. Evidence of a notification with a request for participation must be mailed to all qualifying residents in the neighborhood. A 50% project cash match is required along with three (3) bids for materials and/or services. Said improvements shall:
a. Enhance the overall economic vitality and character of the City
b. Remedy safety conditions
Property owners shall be asked to maintain wall improvements for five (5) years. All physical improvements constructed, repaired, replaced or maintained as part of an eligible project must be in compliance with applicable city code requirements and with all applicable federal, state and local laws.
Some projects may require one or more permits issued by the City and/or will necessitate a site plan. This is especially true for a project involving improvements to public park-land or public rights-of-way, but may apply to other work, too. The award of a grant under this program does not constitute permit approval, and the award may be conditioned upon any such approvals being obtained by within a reasonable period-of-time, not to exceed 6 months, following the making of the award.
An application filed under the Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program shall be processed as follows:
- A Division staff member will review the grant application for completeness and basic eligibility. Deficiencies will be noted and must be corrected by the applicant prior to the application being deemed completed.
- A completed application will be submitted to the Neighborhood Programs Office, who will review the proposed project and overall impact it will have on the applicant’s neighborhood and the general community. The Neighborhood Programs Office will rate each application based on the following:
• Is there substantial community involvement in the project?
• To what extent will the project contribute to the long-term sustainability and enhance the appearance and vitality of the neighborhood?
• To what extent will the general public be impacted by the enhanced visual appearance of the neighborhood resulting from the project? (E.g., a project involving improvements along an arterial road within the city limits will generally be considered to impact the general public to a greater extent than a project whose improvements are more localized.)
- Neighborhood Programs staff will forward the application, together with their recommendation, to the City’s Neighborhood Resources Director for final action.
- Neighborhood Programs staff will provide written notice by email of the action taken
by the Neighborhood Resources Director. Notice of approval will be deemed to constitute grant approval and the date of such notice shall constitute the “award date.” If an application is denied, the applicant may reapply on or after the 31st day following the date that the notice of denial is transmitted.
Notwithstanding any other provisions, Council approval of an application shall be deemed to include the following standard conditions to be completed during the 12-month period following the award date:
- Neighborhood Safety
At least one neighborhood street must be an active participant in the City of Chandler Block Watch Program. If a portion of the neighborhood is already enrolled in Block Watch, and it has participated in GAIN the year prior, then it must participate in the Mayor’s Excellence Awards, which is held every August and the annual GAIN Event, which is held every October and encourage another neighborhood street to get involved with Block Watch. The City will offset the cost for the Neighborhood Safety requirement up to $100 to install Block Watch signs and/or hold a GAIN Event.
- Community Building
The neighborhood must provide evidence of resident involvement and outreach through community meetings, neighborhood events, social network building activity, volunteerism and/or communication tools such as newsletters, fliers, neighborhood websites, etc. A cost estimate for printing costs and a mailing can be provided through the Neighborhood Programs Office.
- Neighborhood Education
A minimum of 10 residents from the neighborhood must demonstrate civic engagement by participating in a City-sponsored event.
- Project Completion
Report Once grant activities are completed, a Project Completion report must be provided to the Neighborhood Programs Office in order to highlight and share successes of the Program. The report should include photographs that clearly outline resident activities that supported an increase in the neighborhood’s social network.
- Cash Match
The residents participating in the fence and wall repairs, must complete the payment of its proportionate share of the total project cost and provide evidence thereof to the City.
The project must be completed within 12 months from the award date. If the project is not completed within this time frame, the neighborhood leader may be requested to provide a written statement as to why the project has not been timely completed. If the neighborhood leader has not provided such a written statement within fourteen (14) days of the request, the grant award will be deemed forfeited and the neighborhood leader will have to reapply. The 12 month period is a maximum time period; many projects can and should be completed in a shorter time frame.
The neighborhood leader must work alongside the Neighborhood Programs Office staff to acquire services and products. For block wall and fence repairs, a cash match is required and the applicant must meet invoicing and payment requirements as set by the Neighborhood Programs Office in order to comply with any federal or state tax requirements.
If you have any questions regarding the grant application or process, please call the Office of Neighborhood Programs at 480-782-4348. Thank you for your interest in the Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program and in your desire to make a difference in your neighborhood and the community.