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Neighborhood Development Grant Program


Neighborhood Development Grant Program
The Roanoke Neighborhood Advocates, in partnership with the City of Roanoke's Office of Neighborhood Services, is proud to offer the Neighborhood Development Grant Program. This program creates opportunities for volunteer community organizations to make their neighborhoods safer, cleaner, and healthier by providing them with the resources to achieve their goals. Through neighborhood development grants, volunteer community organizations have the opportunity to build community spirit, develop leaders within the neighborhood, show others that projects can be accomplished, and recruit volunteers to share in these efforts.

Neighborhood and community groups are encouraged to apply for funding that support projects that complement their organization's business plan, the city's neighborhood plan, the City of Roanoke's Vision 2001-2020 Comprehensive Plan, and/or the city's Arts and Cultural Plan..

The Neighborhood Development Grant program provides grants to undertake projects ranging from $250.00 to $25,000.00. In the past, these grants have been used for a number of projects ranging from housing rehabilitation and lead paint abatement to the purchase and installation of period street lighting.

The neighborhood organization is not required to provide a match in the form of in-kind donations, volunteer services, and/or cash; however, when the application is being evaluated by the RNA Grants Review Committee, points will be given for a project that leverages or combines funding from sources that contribute to the project and thus does not rely solely on financial assistance from the City.

Program Goals
  • To promote healthier, safer and cleaner neighborhoods
  • To improve neighborhood appearance
  • To encourage neighborhood residents to participate
  • To demonstrate collaboration with community groups and organizations
  • To develop leadership within the neighborhood
  • To enhance partnerships between community organizations and the City
  • To integrate arts and cultural activities into our neighborhoods
Eligible Projects
  • Neighborhood physical improvements such as trees, community gardens, gateway signs, art/cultural activities, and projects that address neighborhood preservation, blight, safety, and/or security.
Eligible Groups
  • Neighborhood / community groups
Ineligible Groups
  • Educational institutions
  • Religious institutions
  • Private and for-profit businesses and corporations
  • Individuals
Information Regarding Next Fiscal Year's (FY 2015-2016) Neighborhood Development Grant Funding Opportunity

The Neighborhood Development Grant Program is funded by combination of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and city general funds. Each year the City benefits from about $3.5 million in grant funds through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

A public meeting has been scheduled in City Council Chambers located on the 4th floor of the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, 215 Church Avenue, SW for Wednesday, November 19, 2014 beginning at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the City’s FY2015-2016 HUD funding estimates. This meeting will be followed by a Neighborhood Development Grant Workshop in Room 159 (EOC) on the 1st floor of the Municipal Building at which attendees will be provided information on how to apply for funding, allowable uses, limitations, record keeping, and other policies regarding the program.

Attendance at this session was NOT a requirement for neighborhood organizations desiring to submit application(s) for participation in the program.

The Neighborhood Development Grant Program's FY2015-2016 Grant Application packet was made available during this session, the contents of which are shown below:
  • FY2015-2016 Neighborhood Development Grant Program Overview
  • FY 2015-2016 Neighborhood Grant Application - that can be completed online. However, once completed, you will need to print the application, attach the required attachments to it then mail with 5 duplicate copies to the Office of Neighborhood Services.
  • If you prefer, a document version of the FY2015-2016 Neighborhood Development Grant Application is also available for your convenience.
  • FY2015-2016 Quote Sheet Form
  • FY2015 2016 Payment Request Form
  • FY2015 2016 Interim Report Form
  • FY2015-2016 Final Project Report Form

Copies of the grant application package for the FY2015-2016 program are also available by request from the Office of Neighborhood Services, Room 312 North in the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, 215 Church Ave, Room 312 North, Roanoke, VA 24011.
  • All Neighborhood Development Grant Program applications (1 original with 5 copies) had to be submitted to the Office of Neighborhood Services no later than 5:00 p.m.on Friday January 16, 2015 to qualify or you can submit your completed application with attachments electronically by scanning them into a single document and emailing to This deadline ONLY applied for applications being submitted by neighborhood groups for amounts LESS THAN $25,000.00. For information regarding general CDBG, ESG, and HOME grant opportunities, visit the HUD Community Resources Division website.
  • The maximum funding per grant request is $25,000.00.
  • All applications received are reviewed by the Roanoke Neighborhood Advocates Grants Review Committee who review and approve projects to be funded and make funding recommendations to the RNA and the City Council for final approval.

Information Regarding the Current Fiscal Year (FY2014-2015) Neighborhood Development Grant Funding Currently Underway
The FY2014-2015 Neighborhood Development Grant Program's packets contained the following program support documents:
  • FY2014-2015 Payment Request Form
  • FY2014-2015 Interim Report Form due January 31, 2015.
  • FY 2014-2015 Final Project Report Form
    Overview of Neighborhood Development Grant Program Funded Projects
    • FY 2003 2004 Neighborhood Grants
    • FY 2004 2005 Neighborhood Grants
    • FY 2005 2006 Neighborhood Grants
    • FY 2006 2007 Neighborhood Grants
    • FY 2007 2008 Neighborhood Grants
    • FY 2008 2009 Neighborhood Grants
    • FY 2009 2010 Neighborhood Grants
    • FY 2010 2011 Neighborhood Grants
    • FY 2011 2012 Neighborhood Grants
    • FY 2012 2013 Neighborhood Grants
    • FY 2013 2014 Neighborhood Grants
    • FY 2014 2015 Neighborhood Grants

    For additional information, contact the Office of Neighborhood Services at (540) 853-5210, email Neighborhood Services, or stop by the Office of Neighborhood Services located in the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, 215 Church Ave, Room 312 North, Roanoke, VA 24011.
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