City of Tempe
Tempe, Ariz – From pool fences to neighborhood art to speed humps, the city of Tempe has awarded $150,000 to 20 neighborhood-initiated improvement projects as part of its 2013-14 Maryanne Corder Neighborhood Grant Program.
The Tempe City Council voted Oct. 24 to allocate the grants to 16 neighborhood associations and four homeowners’ associations (HOAs). Including another $31,194 in matching funds, which are required for HOAs, the total community investment of this year’s grant program will be $181,194.
This year, the Butler Tempe/Papago Square HOA will be able to convert community areas to xeriscape. Residents in the Escalante Neighborhood Association will be able to install speed humps. The Hughes Acres Neighborhood Association will be able to install signage at Meyer Park. Other projects include art installations, additional lighting, park improvements and more.
During the 2013-14 fiscal year budget process, the Tempe City Council allocated $150,000 from the city’s General Fund budget to fund neighborhood improvements. Neighborhoods apply for maximum grants of $10,000. Crime Free Multi-Housing Program communities also are eligible to apply.
Grant applications must represent capital projects of community-wide benefit that would not be covered within the city’s traditional Capital Improvement Program budget. The requested project must reflect the desires of a majority of the neighborhood or HOA membership. HOAs are asked to match funds.
Since the program’s inception in 1994, more than $3.5 million in grants have been awarded. Grant applications for the 2014-15 fiscal year will be available in January 2014. For more information, visit www.tempe.gov/neighborhoodgrants