Large Community Improvement Grant

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1. Overview

Getting Ready for 2023! Neighborhood Services will be hosting two grant proposal preparation meetings in February to assist communities in preparing their proposals for the Large Community Improvement Grants. The Grant Proposal Prep meetings will be held on Thursday, February 16 and Wednesday, February 22 at 6:30pm at the Eagle Street building.

The Large Community Improvement Grant supports larger-scale improvements to neighborhoods. Groups may apply for up to $10,000 per project for community based improvements, including but not limited to neighborhood signage, fencing, landscaping improvements, place making, and community gardens.  

2. Key details

  • Recipients of the grant must complete projects within the City of Centennial
  • Projects are intended to improve conditions of common areas of the community, and are intended to be enjoyed by the public
  • Proposed projects must be approved by the property owner, controlling entity, and must adhere to city codes and regulations
  • A minimum of two residents who reside at different locations are required to act as leads for the community for the duration of the project
  • Applicants have agreed to place a plaque at the location to commemorate the coordination between the residents and the City of Centennial
  • Participants will be required to submit photographs of the proposed improvement before and after completion of the project

3. Grant timeline

  • January: Applications process opens online
  • February 16 & February 22: Large Community Improvement Grant Proposal Training & Discussion (in-person and virtual) 
  • February 20 - March 30: Discuss project with Neighborhood Services Manager and City Departments, if needed. 
  • February 21 - April 3: Submit project proposal
  • April - May: Applications reviewed and approved by staff
  • May 1: Grants awards to recipients
  • May - October: Grant recipients complete project
  • October 1: All projects completed

4. Submit a Project Proposal: Checklist

  • A detailed description of the proposed project, its impact on the community and how this will further our goals of community improvement, engagement, and beautification
  • Date, time, and location of proposed event
  • How this proposed project will be communicated to and agreed upon by residents
  • Name and contact information of payee or representative providing receipts for purchases to City
  • Describe the volunteers/ organization proposing the project
  • Permits: Is an amplified sound permit needed? Will streets need to be closed? All licenses and permits must be completed according to City guidelines. Associated fees will be waived 

Project proposals were accepted from March 1, 2022 through April 17, 2022.

5. Additional items required

  • Map of location
  • Photos of proposed area
  • Proposed timeline
  • Proposed budget
  • Contractors must be licensed to work in the City of Centennial
  • Volunteer Coordinators contact information
  • Contractors must carry required insurance
  • Ownership information & approval
  • Quotes from a minimum of three contractors for each portion of the proposed project

6. Projects that do not qualify

  • Projects that are on private property
  • Projects that are not visible to the public
  • Projects submitted by HOA’s and Metro districts that are still managed by developer
  • Projects that have already begun prior to the awarding of the grant funding
  • Projects associated with Educational, Religious, or Political organizations
  • Projects that do not adhere to City codes and regulations