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City of Amarillo announces neighborhoods eligible for $5,000 grant

The City of Amarillo Planning and Development Services Department has announced the Neighborhood Leadership and Community Building Grant.

The grant program was created in coordination with the Neighborhood Oversight Committee comprised of Amarillo City Council members Elaine Hays and Freda Powell and Potter County commissioners Mercy Murguia and Alphonso Vaughn.

Each neighborhood with an adopted plan through the Neighborhood Planning Initiative is eligible for a $5,000 grant, including North Heights, the Barrio and San Jacinto. Volunteer hours are required as a “match” ─ each neighborhood must document 40-plus volunteer hours as part of the proposed project. Funds can be utilized immediately or accessed for a phased project for a period of one year (ending May 31, 2021). Projects must be consistent with the goals and strategies identified within the respective adopted neighborhood plan.

The new grant program was developed in response to the COVID-19 crisis to help neighborhoods stay connected, maintain momentum for neighborhood plan implementation and develop their own solutions for resiliency. Projects should help build the organizational capacity of the each neighborhood and demonstrate a public benefit.

The first deadline for applications is Thursday (May 14). Applications will be accepted on a monthly basis until the funds are utilized by each neighborhood.

For more information go to Amarillo.gov/neighborhoodplanning.

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