Alicia Bemiss-Powell

New Greening Neighborhoods projects are on the horizon

Alicia Bemiss-Powell, Neighborhood Services and Code Enforcement, No Phone Number Available

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 8 a.m.

New Greening Neighborhoods projects are on the horizon

The first official day of spring may still be a way off, but it's time to start thinking green again. Greening Neighborhoods events are set to begin soon and the City is also accepting applications for a new round of Greening Neighborhoods Grants.

There are a number of volunteer planting events scheduled for the next planting season (usually toward the end of March). If you'd like to take part, check out our previous blog for details on events and how to get involved.

Those events are happening thanks to last year's Greening Neighborhoods Grants. Twelve neighborhoods applied for the grants through the City's Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS). It's all part of the Forest Spokane Initiative, an effort to plant 10,000 new trees in the city by 2016.

Starting March 1, ONS will begin accepting new applications for Greening Grants. A neighborhood can receive a maximum of three grants of up to $5,000 each. As with last year, grant projects must include a design that involves planting trees, shrubs, grasses and other native perennials through a neighborhood volunteering event. This year, ONS is encouraging neighborhoods to include more trees in their projects by creating a Competitive Grant Criteria that gives points to projects that:

  • Plant trees
  • Leverage funding by working with local neighborhood organizations for donations, contributing neighborhood or Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding
  • Create volunteer events

If you have ideas or want to help beautify where you live, get in touch with your neighborhood council. View the Neighborhood Greening Grant application and guidelines through the links below.

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