ACT Grants

Activate. Connect. Transform.

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ACT Grants Program Overview

Energize Our Neighborhoods supports the work of neighborhood associations, striving to build capacity and spark creativity in their community engagement efforts. The ACTIVATE. CONNECT. TRANSFORM. (ACT) grants provide up to $2,500 each fiscal year for neighborhood associations to host smaller projects and events, including neighborhood clean-ups, block parties, and communication efforts.

Program Templates



Only recognized neighborhood associations in good standing are eligible to apply for these funds. A maximum of $2,500 may be awarded to an association each fiscal year (October 1 – September 30). Any improvements, events, or resources funded through this program must be located on public property and free and accessible to all residents. This program is competitive; applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with evaluations and funding determinations made twice per year.


  • Summer
    Applications accepted June 1 – August 31
    Funding decisions announced and awards available October 1
  • Winter
    Applications accepted Jan 1 – March 31
    Funding decisions announced and awards available May 1

Grant Categories

Neighborhood associations may apply for projects that fit within any of the funding categories below. There is no maximum or minimum number of applications a neighborhood association may submit within any grant cycle, or for the fiscal year, but the maximum amount of funding any neighborhood association can receive within a fiscal year is $2,500.

Celebration – Brings together neighborhoods by engaging the community through events and placemaking activities like National Night Out, annual picnics, block parties, or festivals aimed at connecting residents.

Communication – Supports the communication efforts of the neighborhood for annual meetings, website hosting, printing and meeting supplies.

Community Service – Addresses a community need by making visible neighborhood-level change like neighborhood clean-up events, beautification efforts, sign maintenance, mural, and small community projects.


Watch the June 17 webinar below. Energize shares updates about the program, application timelines, eligible expenses, and reporting requirements.


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