The City of Lakewood offers grants of up to $50,000 to qualifying Lakewood neighborhoods through its Neighborhood Participation Program (NPP). Neighborhood organizations are encouraged to apply for funds to build projects they believe would make a difference in improving their neighborhood. Projects costing less than $35,000 are encouraged. Examples of projects built through the Neighborhood Participation Program include:
- Sidewalk and bike path connections.
- New playground equipment and picnic facilities in neighborhood parks.
- Sidewalk ramps for people with disabilities.
- Public art
Each year, new and exciting ideas are generated by neighborhoods that submit funding requests. To be eligible, projects must have a general benefit to the neighborhood, must be located on public property, and requests must come from groups representing the neighborhood. You can form your own neighborhood group specifically to request a project. The application must include demonstrated support for the project through letters, petitions or other means, and signatures of property owners adjacent to the project. If you are considering a project on public school property, please contact the City before applying for funds.
NPP funds will not be used to fund projects covered under other City programs. These projects include sidewalk repair, traffic signals, street lights, street paving or speed humps.
Projects are evaluated based on the proposal's benefit to the neighborhood, health and safety, compliance with the Lakewood Comprehensive Plan and Community Resources Master Plan, neighborhood support and maintenance requirements. City Council makes the final selection of projects to be funded. After projects are selected, City staff works closely with the neighborhood to ensure the project meets the neighborhood's request.
Applications for the 2014 program year are no longer being accepted.
Applications for the 2015 program year will be available in May 2014.
More Information: How Do I Create a Quality Application?