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Love your Block mini-grants

Through our mini-grants, we help transform physical landscapes with social programs that highlight the culture of a community.

If you have you have a beautification idea that fits the goal of Love Your Block, we encourage you to apply for a mini-grant. Our applications are currently closed.

These grants will go a long way to help bring residents and communities together and I am excited to see what projects will come from the mini-grants.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh

Have questions? Contact:

1 City Hall Square
Room 805
Boston, MA 02201
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2020 mini-grant winners

Join us is congratulating the 2020 Love Your Block Winners!

West End/ Downtown: Arrow Street
  • Enhance the Haymarket Farmers Market by designing a new fencing for the current pallet that will have a dual purpose
  • Storage for the vendors and a living wall for the community
Allston/Brighton: Chandler Pond
  • Bringing a fall festival to Chandler Pond
  • Allow residents to learn about the pond
  • Build community while engaging in fun activities and entertainment
East Boston: Mothers Out Front: East Boston
  • Build a community living wall for its residents
  • Educate the residents about the need for good air quality (current air quality is poor due to the proximity of Logan Airport)
Chinatown/Downtown: Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC)
  • Turn overgrown and debris-filled lots into community gardens and activity centers for residents
Roxbury: Orchard Gardens Residents
  • Enhance the vision and expand on the late community resident "Saida's" community garden
Mattapan: Powerful Pathways
  • Paint crosswalk murals and electrical boxes paintings throughout the streets and neighborhoods of Mattapan

Tiered mini-grant awards

The table below represents Love Your Block's new tiered grant options. 

AWARD AMOUNT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Up to $3,500 For proposed projects in partnership, having one or more sponsors not including Love Your Block.
Up to $1,250 For proposals that would like to start a new Love Your Block project.
 $700 For proposals that would like to continue improving an established neighborhood project.
 $300 For previous grant recipients that would like to build on to a previous  Love Your Block project.

Project examples: before and after photos

Project examples

The Waldren Road Community Garden in Roxbury was a Love Your Block project in the 2015-2016 year. The Wardman/Walnut-Washington Community Working group was awarded the mini-grant. Over 40 people came out to participate and engage with their families and neighbors.

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The Yarn Bombing in Dorchester was a Love Your Block project in the 2015-2016 year. The VOICES group was awarded the mini-grant. They engaged the community in discussions around domestic violence while creating this temporary art installation.

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The Ripley Road Park in Dorchester was a Love Your Block project in the 2015-2016 year. The Four Corners Art Committee was awarded the mini-grant. They were able to paint benches, plant new perennials, and remove a dangerous fence.

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The Shangri-La Rock Garden in Mattapan was a Love Your Block project in the 2015-2016 year. The Shangri-La Community Garden Group was awarded the mini-grant. The community was able to get together to remove blight from a plot of land in the middle of Orlando Street.

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The Egleston Square project in Roxbury was a Love Your Block project in the 2015-2016 year. The Egleston Square Main Street group was awarded the mini-grant. They were able to do an improvement project in the park. This included planting perennials and building a mini free library.

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To engage Mattapan residents with Love Your Block for the 2016-2017 year, our team did a demonstration project to spread awareness. Together with local community organizations and service days, we were able to paint the wall next to the Mildred Avenue Community Center. It went from a dark uninviting place next to a playground to a painted work of art.

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After receiving a Love Your Block mini-grant, Curtis Guild was able to bring an edible garden to life. The amazing garden acts as a source of learning for the students and also looks and smells delicious.

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After receiving a Love Your Block mini-grant, Eastie Farm was able to install rain barrels. These amazing barrels take runoff from the roof of two adjacent homes. This helps prevent erosion while supplying the garden with a much needed water source.

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As an already established community garden, Woolson Street used a spring 2017 mini-grant to add hand-painted benches. They also created a beautiful mural for their space. This mural highlights the culture while adding vibrancy to the neighborhood.

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