Neighborhood Development Grant Program

Grant Overview

The City of Roanoke's Office of Neighborhood Services, in partnership with the Roanoke Neighborhood Advocates is proud to offer the Neighborhood Development Grant Program. Funded by 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.

Who Can Apply

Neighborhood groups are 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, special consideration will be given for projects that leverage or combine 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.

Application Process

Neighborhood Development Grants are for Roanoke neighborhood associations and organized community watch groups to fund activities and projects promoting neighborhood awareness and pride, public facilities, elimination of blight and organizational capacity development should click here. If you have any questions concerning application opening and closing dates please contact the Neighborhood Services Coordinator at [email protected] if you have any questions. 

 Project Examples

The Neighborhood Development Grant program provides grants to undertake projects ranging from $250 to $5,000. 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

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 2023-2024 Neighborhood Development Grant application (Grant Cycle Closed)

Click here for the 2022-2023 Interim Report Form (currently not accessible)

Previously Funded Projects