City awards $117k+ for neighborhoods


City of Fort Wayne news release announcing grants to neighborhoods for improvement projects.

City gives more than $117,000 for neighborhood improvement projects

Fort Wayne, Indiana (April 23, 2021) – The City of Fort Wayne’s Community Development Division today announced that 27 neighborhood associations are being awarded grants totaling more than $117,000 to improve their communities.

Any registered Fort Wayne neighborhood association or one of the City’s four Area Partnerships could apply to receive up to $5,000 for the Neighborhood Improvement Grant.

The program is designed to support neighborhood projects that beautify public spaces and strengthen community involvement. The projects will enhance the aesthetics of the neighborhood, provide a clear community benefit, be accessible to all residents and increase civic pride.

Examples include community gardens, improvements to community centers, benches, public art or signage. Expenses such as routine maintenance, social events or operating expenses were not covered.

“Maintaining and developing strong neighborhoods is essential,” said Nancy Townsend, Director of Community Development. “This program recognizes the value of giving the power to residents by allowing them to identify opportunities for improvements that align with the community’s values and desires. Community Development will continue to put the funding it receives into neighborhoods throughout the City.”

Proposals were evaluated and scored based on grant criteria and available funding. Below is a list of the grant recipients and the planned projects:

  • Bloomingdale Neighborhood – Blooming Again!
    Project: Sign, landscaping, logo/marketing strategy
    Grant amount $5,000
  • Branning Hills
    Project: Entrance Sign
    Grant amount $5,000
  • Caribe Colony
    Project: Playground Renovation
    Grant amount $3,277.22
  • Countryside Estates
    Project: New Entrance Signs
    Grant amount $5,000
  • Covington Chase
    Native Plant Education and Display Garden
    Grant amount $2,833.81
  • Creighton Home
    Project: Neighborhood signs
    Grant amount $5,000
  • Fairfield Neighborhood – “Beautiful Streets”
    Project: Flower beds in neighborhood’s esplanade
    Grant amount $5,000
  • Fall Creek
    Project: Street sign poles
    Grant amount $570
  • Hamlets West
    Project: Overlook Project
    Grant amount $4,800
  • Harrison Hill
    Project: Harrison Hill Triangle Park improvements
    Grant amount $5,000
  • La Cabreah
    Project: Entrance Sign
    Grant amount $5,000
  • Lafayette Place:
    Gateways Project: Improvements to three entryways
    Grant amount $4,996.77
  • Lincoln Village
    Project: Picnic Tables in common areas
    Grant amount $5,000
  • Manor Park
    Project: Park Improvement including new benches, picnic tables, and bike racks
    Grant amount $4,020.25
  • Mayerling Estates
    Project: Entrance Improvements including lighting and landscaping.
    Grant amount $4,020.95
  • New Glenwood
    Project: Entrance sign repair
    Grant amount $2,500
  • Northwest Area Partnership/Weststate Court
    Project: Mailbox beautification
    Grant amount $5,000
  • Oxford Neighborhood
    Project: New signage for community center
    Grant amount $4,640
  • Pettit‐Rudisill
    Home Beautification Program to assist homeowners
    Grant amount $3,219
  • Pine Valley
    Project: Traders Park Nature Trail, trees, bike rack, and park bench.
    Grant amount $5,000
  • Seven Oaks
    Project: Street signs
    Grant amount $5,000
  • Summer Wind Community
    Project: Entrance beautification
    Grant amount $5,000
  • West Chester Glen
    Project: Safer crossing, traffic calming sign
    Grant amount $3,450
  • West Rudisill Neighborhood
    Project: Fairfield Pocket Park
    Grant amount $5,000
  • Wildwood Park
    Project: Wildwood Park Bench Project
    Grant amount $3,878
  • Williams Woodland Park
    Project: Tree canopy restoration
    Grant amount $4,900
  • Woodhurst
    Project: Neighborhood sign project
    Grant amount $5,000

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