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Program Overview

Energize Our Neighborhoods supports the work of Neighborhood Associations, striving to build capacity and spark creativity in their community engagement efforts and events. This program provides small amounts of funding to enable neighborhood associations to lead livability projects, offer educational programming for residents, host community events, and support the administration of the association.

Requirements

Only Neighborhood Associations are eligible to apply for these funds. A maximum of $2,500 may be awarded to an association each fiscal year. Any improvements/events/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 three times each year.

Timeline

Fall

Applications accepted June 15 – Sept. 1. Funding decisions announced & awards available Oct. 1 (must be spent by Sept. 30.).

Spring

Applications accepted Oct. 15 – Jan. 15. Funding decisions announced & awards available Feb. 15 (must be spent by Sept. 30).

Summer

Applications accepted March 1 – May 1. Funding decisions announced and awards available June 1 (must be spent by Sept. 30).

Eligible Projects

  • Livability Projects: These projects will address a community need, making visible neighborhood-level change. Examples: Neighborhood cleanup events and other small community projects.
  • Capacity Building: These activities will support neighborhood residents by providing educational/skill-building opportunities and/or improved access to resources. Examples: Educational opportunities hosted by Neighborhood Associations for residents and attendance at community conferences (Boise Neighborhood Interactive, APA Idaho, etc.).
  • Community Connections: These projects will aim to support vibrant neighborhoods by engaging residents through events, neighborhood communication, and necessary operating costs. Examples: Community-building events (National Night Out, community picnics, etc.), meetings, and neighborhood communications (flyers/newsletters/websites) that build community engagement.

Workshops

A series of short workshops will be offered to share informational updates about the program. These workshops will cover application timelines, eligible expenses, reimbursement processes, and reporting requirements.

Each workshop will provide the same information and will consist of a 30-minute presentation, then time for Q & A with the program administrators for anyone with further questions. These workshops are not required, but associations planning to apply for funding are strongly encouraged to attend. All successful applicants will be responsible for complying with all program rules and requirements.

Workshop Dates

  • May 14 | 6:00-6:30 | Main Library (Bingham Room)
  • May 15 | 12:15-12:45 | Boise City Hall (Belgravia Room)
  • June 10 | 6:00-6:30 | Hillcrest Library (Teton Room)
  • June 12 | 12:15-12:45 | Boise City Hall (Belgravia Room)

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