“We chose to combine the party lot and dumping preventer design to have a place for the community and to prevent dumping that’s happened in the past. We’ve had a lot of encouragement from the community and we’re excited to expand more.” Rhonda Theus, DFC Mini-Grantee.
A key component of Love Your Block program is the mini-grant competition — small grants typically in the range of $500 to $2,000 made from the city to a community partner, such as a neighborhood association or a block club. The mini-grant competition is a great way for the city to generate awareness of and enthusiasm for the initiative, provide seed money and other resources for the most-promising proposals, help empower residents to take ownership over their neighborhoods or blocks, and build the capacity of neighborhood groups to design and implement these programs. The city will need to design a process to solicit mini-grant proposals from neighborhood groups, reach out to relevant communities to make sure that they are aware of the competition and encouraged to apply, and select the winners.