Matching Grant 2014

What is a Matching Grant?
The City of Raleigh invites neighborhood groups like ours to apply for Neighborhood Improvement Funds to support a project that will enhance and strengthen neighborhoods. The THNA is eligible to apply for funds up to $1,000, and since it's a matching grant, we have to provide a match of at least 50% of the cost of the project. A match can be a combination of volunteer labor and donations. (The majority of the THNA's contribution in the past has been through volunteer labor.) The THNA has applied and been fortunate to win these funds over the last few years. Last year, we used this award money for our Fall Festival & BBQ Cook-Off.

Eligible Projects?
All projects must have a budget of no more than $1,000 -- only $100 can be used on food products -- and must fall into one of the following categories:
  • Neighborhood OrganizingTo create, diversify, or expand membership in a neighborhood group for the benefit of the entire neighborhood or community. Examples: Newsletters, Outreach, Web Pages.

  • Physical Improvement: To physically improve a neighborhood or community. Examples: Landscaping, signs, park and playground equipment.

  • Non-Physical Improvement: To organize and hold events and activities. Examples: Festival, celebration, training session, workshop, educational campaign.

Other Considerations
Here's a list of ideas that neighbors have presented in the past that the THNA Board and other neighbors are currently working on that we think can be accomplished without using Neighborhood Improvement Funds.
  • Public Neighborhood Trash Cans
  • Historic Research

Share Your Thoughts!
Thanks for all your suggestions! The recent poll results are being processed and will open up for voting March 23.