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Community Improvement Project (CIP)

Community Improvement Projects

Community groups, leaders and organizations who are interested in applying for an NIDC Community Improvement Project match grant will be required to participate in a one hour informational session in order to be eligible to submit a CIP application.

  • Community Improvement Project (CIP) grants are available citywide 
  • CIP grants are available up to $4,000 depending on project totals and require a dollar-for-dollar match
  • Grant activities should stimulate resident engagement and support sustainable projects within a small geographic area
  • CIP grants are not eligible to be used to start a non-profit business, commercial or personal property improvements, or as a payroll subsidy
  • If your group is interested in a CIP, attend an informational session
  • CIP Application
  • CIP Application Guidelines
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Garden Homes Green Infrastructure Revitalization:
Kids participated in the revitalization and beautification
of a community space for the

Buffum Street Benches:
Residents and volunteers came together to create a community space where benches were built with raised garden beds.

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Yellow Chair Project:
Thurston Woods neighbors assembled and painted Adirondack chairs to place in their front lawns to increase resident involvement and enhance front yard appeal.

Clarke Square Health Equity Mural:
Community residents and youth engaged in the creation of a mural to raise awareness on the importance of health equity in their community.

Last Page Update 03/11/24

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