Two Geneva Programs Available for Neighborhood Improvements

The Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center (GNRC) announced today that applications for two neighborhood programs are now available: The Neighborhood Action Program and the Great Geneva Neighborhood Challenge.

The Neighborhood Action Program is a program that provides funding for neighborhood associations to make improvements in their neighborhoods. The Program will provide grants from $500 to $2,500 for projects such as park improvements, safety projects (ex. porch lighting or removal of bushes), neighborhood association identifiers (such as banners, flags or house plaques) or block level curb appeal projects. Project ideas that engage neighborhood participation, give residents a sense of neighborhood pride and leave a lasting physical impression will be considered.

Other community organizations can apply for the Neighborhood Action Program in collaboration with a neighborhood association. The Neighborhood Action Program is funded through public funds, volunteer and participant labor, and donated materials.

The fourth annual Great Geneva Neighborhood Challenge (Challenge) is an annual pride building competition for the city’s neighborhoods in which groups of neighbors can apply for funding to collaboratively improve their properties. Working together, neighbors will improve the physical condition of their homes through activities such as painting, landscaping, or the installation of exterior lights, mailboxes or house plaques. It is expected that each project will include three to five homes with awards around $500 per household.

The main components of the Challenge are: physical improvements to a group of homes, completed by participating neighbors and community volunteers during one or more weekends this summer; events, such as a block party, created by the participating neighbors to celebrate the work done; and a banquet in the fall to showcase the projects and recognize participating neighbors for outstanding improvements, collaborations, and events. The Great Geneva Neighborhood Challenge is funded through private sponsorships, participating neighbors, volunteer and participant labor, and donated materials.

Applications for both programs are due at 4 PM on Monday, June 3rd. City of Geneva residents can learn more about both programs by visiting the GNRC, located at 105 Seneca Street in Geneva, or by downloading the applications under “Geneva News” at GNRC staff can help residents through the application process.

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