Grant program revitalizes Grandview Corridor

Results from this year’s Muscatine Community Survey show that residents are supportive of neighborhood initiatives. Now the city is helping those who want to promote neighborhood activities or develop other projects that would build on community pride and build connections in South Muscatine.

The Grandview Neighborhood Grant Program was created earlier this year to help residents revitalize their neighborhoods in the Grandview Corridor. The program is funded by $50,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. It covers the neighborhoods from Hershey Avenue to the Mississippi River and from Carver Corner to the US Highway 61 bypass.

A total of $10,000 will be allocated to Tier I mini-grants for projects such as neighborhood cleanups, community gardens, community spaces such as benches and gardens, and neighborhood events such as picnics , outdoor movie nights, ice cream socials, a neighborhood tool library or food pantry. and other projects that would create a sense of community. Individuals or groups can request up to $1,000 to help offset the costs of these projects.

Applications for Tier I Mini-Grants will be accepted until October 31, one of the conditions being that the proposed project be completed within 90 days of the grant award. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. More details on the application process can be found by clicking on here.

A total of $40,000 will be awarded in Tier II Property Improvement Grants. Applicants can request up to $10,000, but there is a 50% matching requirement for the grant. Proposed improvement projects must include at least four properties, must be exterior to the property and visible from the street, such as facades, roofs, landscaping, windows, entry doors , sidewalks, steps or retaining walls.

Applications for Tier II Property Improvement Grants will be accepted between February 1 and April 30, 2023. Click here for more information on Neighborhood Grants.

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