Love your block mini-grants
You can submit your application for a mini-grant online. We also have a PDF version of the application that you can print and submit by mail. The application deadline is January 8, 2018.
These mini-grants support a wide range of project types. The number of grants awarded will depend on the amount of applications received. Examples of previous projects can be found below.
|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.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.