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County offering neighborhood 'mini-grants'

Neighborhood associations can apply for up to $1,500 to spend on safety initiatives, special events, children's programs, newsletters or beautification efforts.

By Times staff reports

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 11, 2001


Hillsborough County is accepting applications from neighborhood, civic and homeowners associations for this year's Neighborhood Mini-Grant Program.

The program, funded by the county, the Children's Board and the Duckwall Foundation, will award $23,576 to community associations. Each may receive up to $1,500 to spend on projects such as safety initiatives, special events, children's programs, newsletters or beautification efforts.

Get grant applications by writing to the Hillsborough County Office of Neighborhood Relations, County Center, 24th floor, 601 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33602. Project proposals must be postmarked or hand-delived to the office by 5 p.m. April 19. Faxes will not be accepted.

To win a grant, proposals must "demonstrate the involvement of community residents both in the planning and in the implementation" of the project.

The Grant Review Committee will evaluate the applications and should have its recommendations completed in May.

For information, call Michael Raposa at (813) 272-5860.

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