Mayor and City Officials Present Love Your Block Mini-Grants

Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Richmond City Council Vice President Ellen Robertson presented Love Your Block mini-grants to several neighborhood groups on Tuesday, June 12 at 11 a.m. in the City Hall 2nd floor large conference room at 900 East Broad Street.

In January 2012, the City of Richmond’s Neighbor-To-Neighbor (N2N) Initiative was awarded a $10,000 grant from Service Nation, in partnership with the Home Depot Foundation, in the form of Home-Depot gift cards toward the implementation of a Love Your Block (LYB) program.

By way of the LYB grant, the City will provide competitive mini-grants, in the form of a $500 Home Depot Gift Card, to neighborhood groups to purchase the supplies needed for their local project. Community groups may also coordinate with City Departments for services (as available) to support the effort. LYB grants encourage community groups to identify priority projects and develop volunteer-fueled solutions to: 1) Improve resident perception of safety, with improved lighting, landscaping, etc., 2) Reduce crime incidents and other gang/drug related vandalism with graffiti removal, and community garden initiatives, 3) Reduce trash through street clean-ups/increase recycling.

Love Your Block first round awardees and projects include:

The Battery Park Civic Association 
Richmond Guardian Angels 
United Methodist Urban Ministries of Richmond & Shalom Farms
Greater Fulton's Future Housing Committee