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Love your block mini-grants

Last updated: 9/13/17

Love your block mini-grants

We are happy to announce applications for Spring 2018 will open citywide November 4, 2017!  These mini-grants support a wide range of project types and sizes. The number of grants we award will depend on the amount of applications we receive. 

Below you will find previous grant recipients and the amazing projects they were able to complete. 

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For questions or more information please call senior adviser Kaira Fox  at 617-635-3308, or email us at loveyourblock@boston.gov.

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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.

before

A photo of the Waldren Road Community Garden before the Love Your Block project.

after

A photo of the Waldren Road Community Garden after the Love Your Block project.

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.

before

This is a photo of the Dorchester project before the VOICES Love Your Block Project.

after

This is a photo of the Dorchester project after the VOICES Love Your Block Project.

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.

Before

This is a photo of the Ripley Park before the Love Your Block project.

After

This is a photo of the Ripley Park after the Love Your Block project.

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.

Before

This is a photo of Orlando Street before the Love Your Block Project

After

This is a photo of Orlando Street after the Love Your Block Project with the Shangri-La Rock Garden.

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.

Before

This is a photo of Egleston Square before the Love Your Block project.

After

This is a photo of Egleston Square after the Love Your Block project.

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.

Before

This is the photo of the wall and boulders by Mildred Ave Community Center before the Love Your Block project.

After

This is the photo of the wall and boulders by Mildred Ave Community Center after the Love Your Block project.

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.

BEFORE

Curtis Guild
AFTER

After Picture of Curtis Garden 1

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.

BEFORE

Photo of Eastie Farm

 

AFTER

Eastie Farm Rain Barrels

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.

BEFORE

Woolson St Garden before picture
AFTER

Woolson St Garden after picture