Neighborhood grant funds available

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Neighborhood groups can apply for grant funding for projects that benefit their community — such as landscaping, picnic tables, pavilions, identity signs, lighting, public art or youth-initiated neighborhood improvements.

The city of St. Petersburg Neighborhood Partnership Office is offering matching grant funds to eligible community organizations during the next city budget year. Neighborhood grant applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, November 5, 2010.

Applicants can obtain up to $25,000 per group. Proposed projects must be located on city-owned right-of way; and all proposed locations must be verified by city staff. The requesting group must be able to provide matching resources in the form of volunteer hours, materials, in-kind services, cash match or a combination of these options. Groups are also responsible for ongoing lifetime maintenance of the project.

Interested organizations can learn more about the neighborhood grant process by attending one of six informational workshops, being held at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., on September 14, 21 and 28 at St. Petersburg City Hall, 175 Fifth Street North, first floor.

Applications and guidelines to receive neighborhood grant funds are now available online at www.stpete.org/budget/grantsc.asp. A Neighborhood Partnership staff member is available for presentations during neighborhood association meetings or for individual consultations with prospective applicants anytime prior to the November 5 grant submission deadline. For further information, contact Terese Hilliard at 727-551-3249 or Terese.Hilliard@stpete.org.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.