AUSTIN (KXAN) — A new grant initiative offers mini-grants to fund neighborhood projects coordinated and completed by volunteers.
The program, called “Love Your Block, Austin!” hopes to improve traditionally under-served communities. The grants available through the program range from $500 to $1,000 to fund tree planting, vacant lot cleanup, garden development and recycling or waste stations.
The grants are funded through the Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund, a multi-million dollar fun aimed at helping cities use impact volunteering to tackle pressing local challenges. It’s funded by the Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Applications for the mini-grants are due June 1. Grant recipients can choose to work closely with the City of Austin departments to leverage local resources and to carry out their projects. They will also have access to workshops on how to manage neighborhood projects.