Well-organized neighborhoods with well-acquainted residents are safer, better maintained and enjoy a stronger sense of community than neighborhoods that are not organized. Organized neighborhoods are more successful applying for improvement grants and members find it easier to resolve disputes.
To help boost neighborhood identity and vitality, the City of Bellevue offers Community Building "little match" grants. With a little match, you can:
- Establish a new neighborhood association.
- Reinvigorate an inactive neighborhood association.
- Increase participation in an established neighborhood association.
Little Match grants – up to $250 – can be used to help fund organizational expenses such as:
- Printing and mailing costs for an initial organizational flyer.
- Room rental and supplies for an organizational meeting.
- Construction of A-frame signs to be placed in strategic locations on meeting dates.
Grant requests will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Cooperation: Project brings people together to address issues, solve problems, or build community.
- Sustainable: Project is a one-time expenditure that makes a lasting impact on the neighborhood.
- Inclusive: Applicant actively seeks to involve all affected residents in the activities.
- Supported: Project has community leadership and support.
- Feasible: Activity can be completed within budget and on time.
- Relevant: Activity benefits the entire neighborhood.
Applications maybe submitted year-round.