Neighborhood Grant Program

Tempe’s neighborhood grant program supports efforts to improve and enhance community spaces and cultivates opportunities for neighbors to commission artwork and other improvements. View art in neighborhoods supported by the Public Art program.

2015/2016 Neighborhood Grant Application Available soon

City of Tempe Neighborhood Grant Allocation Summary 

2014 Neighborhood Grant PowerPoint Presentation  

2014 Grant Flow Chart



One hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) has been allocated for grant proposals of a communitywide benefit. The maximum grant amount is $10,000. A match of at least one half (1/2) of the total project cost is required for homeowner associations and multi-housing communities.

Tempe’s Maryanne Corder Neighborhood Grant Program was created as a means to invest in resident-initiated projects designed to enhance the quality of life in our neighborhoods. Applications are solicited on an annual basis. The program was renamed the Maryanne Corder Neighborhood Grant Program by the City Council in November 2004 in honor of the City’s first Neighborhood Program Director.

Eligible Applicants
1. Neighborhood Associations in Tempe registered with the Neighborhood Services Division
2. Homeowners’ Associations in Tempe registered with the Neighborhood Services Division
3. Apartment communities that are fully certified in the City’s Crime Free Multi-housing Program

Applicants are welcome to coordinate efforts and submit a joint application that combines resources for mutually beneficial community projects. For example, any combination of neighborhood and homeowners’ associations and crime free multi-housing communities can partner together on improvements that benefit all members of the community, such as a traffic calming or park project.

Eligible & Ineligible Projects
To be eligible for funding, a project must be a capital improvement project that benefits the entire neighborhood rather than just a few residents. Capital funds may only cover project completion costs and CANNOT BE FOR OPERATION costs these projects may impose. Projects that would fix a self-imposed code violation are also ineligible. Projects must be a one-time expenditure and be completed by the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2015.

Homeowners’ association and multi-housing community requests should be for enhancements only and may not be for maintenance projects covered in annual budgets such as entry gates, roofing repair, common ground and pool maintenance, painting, road repair (for private streets) etc. -- these would NOT be funded.

Previous grant projects include, but are not limited to: energy conservation, security lighting, traffic calming, landscape and beautification, park improvements, signage and art projects. A complete list of previously funded projects is available at or by contacting the Neighborhood Services Division at (480) 350-8234 or


The City’s Neighborhood Service Team (NST) allocates grant funds referencing the following guidelines:
1. Improves health and safety of residents
2. Benefits a significant number of residents and the City at large
3. Addresses a known neighborhood deficiency
4. Complements other neighborhood projects (private or City)
5. Provides an environmental benefit, such as water and/or energy conservation
6. Enhances the aesthetics of the neighborhood
7. Accessible to all members of the community

*Please note that a preference may be given to those associations that have not previously received funds.

Community Involvement
It is important to have community involvement early on and throughout the project process. All residents of the community must be notified of the opportunity to apply for a grant, provided a chance to propose and comment on project ideas, and be included in the final selection of the project. Applicants should plan out and document how the community is going to be involved in the selection of a project as well as the execution. Grant projects can provide an opportunity for hands on involvement from residents, such as planting trees or creating elements of an art project.


One application must be submitted per project. Materials will not be returned.

The application must be legible or typed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper compiled and submitted in the following order: 

  • Application form (limit to four pages provided) including details of staff contact if required
  • Proof of Preliminary Site Plan Review
  • Proof of notification (i.e. sample of newsletters or postcards sent out to all residents)
  • Drawings and/or pictures describing the project - color is preferred
  • Bids for project work
    • Minimum of two itemized bids, including appropriate permit fees and sales tax; the amount requested must match a bid amount. 
  • Any other background information
    • Lighting projects must include lighting plans, light fixture schedules, light fixture cut sheets, bulb type
      and proposed source of electrical feed. 
    • Landscape projects must include landscape plans, details, proposed plant list, irrigation source and
      proposed retention. 
    • Wall, fence or gate projects require elevations, details and site plans. 
    • Signage projects must include elevations of signs, all text, what materials and colors will be used and
      if lighting is involved. 
    • If public area, show dimensions on sidewalks, ramadas, playgrounds, etc. to meet accessibility


Procedure for application:

Grant projects must first be submitted for Preliminary Site Plan Review. This provides a process to look at the physical project to assure coordination with all city departments affected by a proposed site modification. Preliminary Site Plan Review is NOT the grant application process, NOR is it the approval of the design. Proof of completion of preliminary site plan review is required as part of the grant submission. Applicants will receive comments back in 2 weeks and all revisions required from this staff review need to be incorporated into the grant application. Project scope may change as a result of the review, therefore bids from contractors should be obtained after receiving comments from Preliminary Site Plan Review.

After the Preliminary Site Plan Review Process comments have been addressed and bids have been obtained, send the application with an original signature and attachments to Neighborhood Services by the deadline that you will be given. This date is not a postmarked deadline, late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of city staff representing all city departments and/or divisions. Staff will make recommendations for funding to the City Council. The City Council will review the recommendations during an Issue Review Session and formally vote on the funding amounts at a formal City Council meeting. Grant applicants will be notified of funding decisions and requirements in writing.