Neighborhood Development Grant Program

FY 2021 - 2022 Application Process: 

Grant Overview

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. Funded by a combination of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and city General funds, the program creates opportunities for neighborhood organizations to make their neighborhoods safer, cleaner, and healthier by providing them with the resources to achieve their goals.

FY 2021 - 2022 Application Process

Applications for Neighborhood Development Mini-Grants for Roanoke neighborhood associations and organized community watch groups for funding of activities and projects promoting neighborhood awareness and pride, public facilities, elimination of blight and organizational capacity development should click here for FY 2021-22 Applications.  Applications close Monday January 25, 2021.

Please contact Joshua Johnson, Neighborhood Services Coordinator at 540-853-1643 ([email protected]) or Keith Holland, Community Resources Program Administrator, at 540-853-6404 ([email protected]) if you have any questions. 

Project Examples

The Neighborhood Development Grant program provides grants to undertake projects ranging from $250 to $15,000. Neighborhood organizations and community watch groups are encouraged to apply for funding that support projects that complement their organization's business plan, the city's neighborhood plans, the Vision 2001-2020 Comprehensive Plan, and/or the City's Arts and Cultural Plan.

Eligible Projects / Activities

  • Neighborhood physical improvements such as: 
    • Trees
    • Community gardens
    • Gateway signs
    • Art/cultural activities
    • Projects that address neighborhood preservation, blight, safety, and/or security

Who Can Apply

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. Eligible groups include: neighborhood and community watch groups. Ineligible groups include: educational institutions, individuals, private or for-profit businesses and corporations, and religious institutions.

Program Goals

  • To demonstrate collaboration with community groups and organizations
  • To develop leadership within the neighborhood
  • To encourage neighborhood residents to participate
  • To enhance partnerships between community organizations and the city
  • To improve neighborhood appearance
  • To integrate arts and cultural activities into our neighborhoods
  • To promote healthier, safer and cleaner neighborhood

Click here for the FY2019-FY2020 Interim Report Form

Previously Funded Projects