Neighborhood Improvement Grants

The Neighborhood Grants program is a pilot program provided by the City of Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission (RDC).  It is intended to give residents an opportunity to have direct input and influence into the improvement of Valparaiso’s neighborhoods. The funds provide for small neighborhood-based projects with community-wide benefit. The RDC has contributed the $60,000 in funding that have made the Neighborhood Grants possible which will support neighborhood improvement projects of up to $15,000 with additional funds possible for substantial improvement projects.  

Neighborhood improvement projects may include: 1) physical improvements like fixing sidewalks, park equipment or street lights; 2) public art displays that add unique character by representing the neighborhood; 3) neighborhood signage/branding and 4) other placemaking and community-building projects. 

Neighborhood-based organizations and groups are eligible to apply for the Neighborhood Grants, however individual businesses, political groups, or religious institutions are not eligible. The city will hold information sessions to give residents the opportunity to learn more about the program how to apply. Interested applicants are encouraged to participate in one of the three information sessions: Saturday, July 21 at 10:00am at the Valparaiso Public Library; Wednesday, July 25 at 6:00pm at City Hall; or Thursday, July 26 at 12:00pm at City Hall.  

View the detailed Neighborhood Grants guidelines and application form. Applications will be due on Oct. 1. Each application will be reviewed by a committee, which will submit their recommendations to the Commission at the Oct. 25 meeting and applicants will be notified of acceptance or denial by November. 

View the Neighborhood Grants summary and frequently asked questions.

For more information or contact Maggie Clifton, Community Engagement Director at mclifton@valpo.us or 219-462-1161.