Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program
The purpose of the Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program (NEGP) is to provide funding from the City to neighborhoods to assist in maintaining and/or revitalizing their areas, so as to prevent the decline of mature neighborhoods. By encouraging neighborhood participation and investment, it is the program's objective to address individual neighborhood needs before they become community challenges. The process includes application submittal, a meeting between the applicant and city staff to discuss the proposed scope of work, and consideration and approval by the Neighborhood Advisory Commission (NAC) at a public meeting.
FY 22/23 Grant Utilization
To date, the Neighborhood Advisory Commission has distributed $10,250 grant dollars to neighborhood initiatives:
- Sherwood Heights & Fairway Park Neighborhoods – $10,250 in approved funding to repaint and provide limited landscape enhancements to existing neighborhood entry monuments.
Grant Submittal Process
Please complete the Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Request Application form below, following the review of the Program Criteria & Requirements. Alternatively, a printable version of the application is available. All required materials that cannot be submitted digitally should be submitted in-person to the Neighborhood Advisory Commission Staff at the One-Stop-Shop located at 7447 East Indian School Road, Suite 105.
Program Criteria & Requirements
The application form, below, allows for a brief summary of the proposal and request. The Neighborhood Advisory Commission will consider each application proposal and request, subject to the following requirements and considerations:
- Location & Accessibility (Requirement) – Projects must be within city right-of-way and have frontage to public streets that are classified as a Minor Collector or Greater, or have adjacency to a canal, public park, or school to ensure the project can be seen by the overall public.
- General Need (Requirement) – Projects must be within non-HOA Neighborhoods, where existing funding or enforcement mechanisms are not available.
- Existing Conditions (Consideration) – How does the subject site compare to the neighborhood and surrounding context? How will the proposal improve the neighborhood?
- Maintenance (Consideration) – Does the subject site have an active "Notice of Compliance" from Code Enforcement, and will the proposal bring the property into compliance? The project narrative should describe how the project or site will be maintained overtime by the applicant without requiring future assistance.
The following inset map is intended to provide further clarity on project eligibility. You may either manually enter your address or zoom to your property to see important qualifying criteria and requirements displayed visually on the map
After the Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Request Application has been accepted, a staff member will contact the applicant within five (5) business days to schedule a consultation meeting with the assigned staff. Generally, a consultation meeting is scheduled within five (5) to fifteen (15) business days from the date of the submittal.
- Dust control millings at lots adjacent to alley ingress/egress points, conditional to evaluation and approval by City Solid Waste and Streets Departments
- Paint alley walls at lots adjacent to alley ingress/egress points
- Blue Stake required before commencement of work
- If needed, one-time clean-up of perimeter landscaping within areas of public right-of-way, prior to commencement of work
- Turf removal (NEGP funds cannot be utilized if Warm Season Grass Removal Rebate has been processed)
- Landscape enhancements shall include:
- Low water / maintenance plantings - Utilize the ADWR updated list for appropriate plants
- Trees limited to 1:1,000 sq. Ft. and ground plantings 1:230 sq. Ft.
- No trees are to be planted within 10 feet of an existing sign or light pole, sidewalk, bike path, roadway, curb or wall
- Trees must have minimal dropping of pods and sap, and have canopies at least 10 feet above the ground at maturity
- No more than seven (7) feet of decomposed granite or similar material in any direction around the mature form of a specimen plant, tree canopy, or groups of plants.
- Enhance hardscaping will be limited to decomposed granite and boulders
- Decomposed granite shall not be less than ½” in size.
- Adjacent property owners to accept maintenance obligation of plantings, irrigation, raking, cleaning, and general upkeep.
- If full landscape enhancement perimeter is proposed for the neighborhood, the applicant must receive more than 75% support for the project from direct neighbors affected (notification list to be provided by staff)
- Coordination with City staff may need to take place for locations of the city where the city maintains existing landscape material.
- Signage - including sign-toppers and community signage in public right-of-way - subject to city standards
- Proposals to modify existing or provide new community signage receive more than 75% approval from the neighborhood at-large, including the written approval of property owners that may directly affected (notification list to be provided by staff)
- Perimeter wall maintenance is limited to finished treatment and color of an existing wall or fence (perimeter wall must be visually accessible to the public realm)
- Selected paint color may be subject to Development Review Board approval
- Selected paint color should be context-appropriate with the existing neighborhood
- Selected paint color should match the existing wall-plane. If a new color is proposed along the full perimeter wall of the neighborhood, the proposal must receive more than 75% support for the project from direct neighbors affected (notification list to be provided by staff)
- Utility box painting must receive written approval from the utility provider