Grant awarded to the Mount Clare Community Council and mural by Arts and Parks

Clean, vibrant, beautiful streets and public spaces are central to a community that people want to live in. Research shows that living near blight and uncared for public spaces negatively impacts mental health while public art, community gardens, and other projects that make our neighborhood streets and public spaces safer, more accessible, and more beautiful benefit the whole community. The Vision Plan identifies a number of projects which increase the vibrancy of streets and public spaces and increase positive programming and activities in our public spaces. Some of these projects have been funded through our Neighborhood Grants program!

Through grant funding, the Southwest Partnership is able to provide grants, usually up to $5,000 to community members for capital projects that 

  • Increase the vibrancy of streets and public spaces
  • Improve the quality of life for current residents
  • Reduce or prevent blight
  • Increase and encourage community engagement and use of public spaces

Past projects funded have included murals and other public art, improved lighting in public spaces, neighborhood signs, and improvements at community parks and gardens. Neighborhood associations, block groups, and other community groups in the Southwest Partnership area are eligible to apply, and the grant program funds capital projects that will make a lasting, physical change to the neighborhoods.

Applications for the Neighborhood Grant Program are currently OPEN! Applications opened on September 24th 2021 and will close on November 5th 2021.

If you’re interested in applying for a Small Neighborhood Grant please review the application guidelines carefully, and, if you still have questions contact us directly or plan to attend one of the upcoming information sessions:

Monday, October 4th 12:30pm

Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 896 2067 2362 Passcode: 800566

Thursday October 14th at 4:30pm
Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 819 0192 0162 Passcode: 326302
Wednesday October 20th at 6:30pm
Meeting ID: 899 0062 1969 Passcode: 811514

The application is a word document that can be downloaded to your computer, and can be submitted by emailing Elizabeth at or dropping it off at 1317 W Baltimore St.

Fall 2021 Small Neighborhood Grants Application Guidelines

Fall 2021 Small Neighborhood Grants Application

Fall 2021 Small Neighborhood Grants Scoring Rubric

To get inspired, check out some of the completed projects that have been funded in the past for more information and take a look at our master list of funded projects. For more information please contact Elizabeth Weber at