City of Wheeling
Mini Grants- Neighborhood Improvement Projects
The City of Wheeling will offer up to $30,000 to be distributed city wide. In efforts of helping citizens to beautify neighborhoods. $5,000 will be distributed per ward. However, if no applications are submitted from a specific ward, we reserve the right to distribute monies to other projects as voted on by the committee.
The purpose of this mini grant program is to empower residents to carry out their own vision for a cleaner, greener, and healthier neighborhood. The City of Wheeling encourages resident leaders to show their neighborhood pride, by proposing projects and initiatives that will enhance, beautify and revitalize their communities.
Grant awards shall be used solely for the purpose of enabling individuals, resident groups and/or community-based organizations to work with their neighbors in partnership with City agencies to beautify and rejuvenate neighborhoods.
HOW TO APPLY:
Email completed application and all requested materials to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 31, 2021. Applications will not be accepted after this date. All applications will be scored by the
Application Review Committee and grantees will be announced by the end of September 2021. View application HERE!
Neighborhood Improvement Projects:
● Vacant Lot Activation
○ Example: green spaces, signage
● Ongoing/Coordinated Litter/Trash Removal Programs
○ Example: Adopt a Block, litter pick up days
○ Example: Public art created by the community, landscaping, grass/brush removal, benches, cross walk painting
● Programming and Public Activities
○ Example: Pocket Park maintenance and activities
REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICATIONS:
● Recruit a total of three or more committed volunteers
● Submit a budget including in kind contributions
● Submit a detailed plan that outlines how the project will be implemented, and most importantly
● During the project, coordinate a pick-up of litter in the area the project is located
● Successful project applications must demonstrate the project will do at least one of the following:
Projects that promote community and neighborhood connectedness, intergenerational
connections, and recurring activity space will be given priority