City extends deadlines for new Greening Neighborhood Grants

City extends deadlines for new Greening Neighborhood Grants

The City of Spokane is continuing its mission to support project that green and beautify the city’s neighborhoods. The deadline to apply for the next round of Greening Neighborhoods Grants has been extended from June 30 to July 31, 2015.

A neighborhood can receive a maximum of three grants of up to $5,000 each. Grant projects must include a design that includes planting trees, shrubs, grasses and other native perennials through a neighborhood volunteering event.

This year, the City’s Officer of Neighborhood Services (ONS) is encouraging neighborhoods to include more trees in their projects by creating a competitive Grant Criteria that gives points to projects that achieve the following:

Plant trees
Leverage funding by working with local neighborhood organizations for donations, contributing neighborhood or Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding
Create volunteer events

These greening grants are a part of the Forest Spokane initiative, an effort to plant 10,000 new trees withing the city by 2016. Grant applications and guidelines can be found at SpokaneCity.org.