Jacksonville Offering Blight-Fighting Grants To Neighborhoods

Oct 12, 2018

Neighborhood groups in Jacksonville can get grants of up to $5,000 each to help clean up their streets. To be eligible, the Duval County neighborhood group, homeowners association, civic organization or community group has to have been registered in the city’s directory for at least six months.

The grant requires a match of equal or more than what’s awarded. The match can mean cash, or sweat equity, volunteer labor hours or in-kind donations like  building materials.

The grant, through the city’s neighborhood department, is intended to help reduce blight, which means the recipients must use it to make external, visible improvements.

Some past projects include new neighborhood entrance signs, playground equipment, mural projects, and replacing old fencing.

The city is holding a workshop on Tuesday October 16 to assist those interested with the application process. The workshop is being held at 6 p.m. on the first floor of the Ed Ball building downtown  located at 214 N. Hogan Street  in Room 110.

Applications are due December 3.

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Reporter Lindsey Kilbride can be reached at lkilbride@wjct.org, 904-358-6359 or on Twitter at @lindskilbride.