Applications for the 2019 Love Your Block mini-grants are being accepted now through March 1, 2019.
This program, part of the larger Love Your Block initiative organized by Boston’s Office of Civic Engagement, provides up to $3,000 for neighborhoods to implement or revitalize a public space such as community gardens and art installations. Applicants can apply online or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City received 60 mini-grant applications last year. The five winners who received funds for their neighborhood projects are listed below.
- Charlestown Sprouts Community Garden: $800 to revitalize the community garden by updating infrastructure.
- The Charlestown Coalition: $2,700 to create a “peace park” at Mt. Vernon Plaza.
- Round Table in South Boston: $3,000 to turn a vacant lot into a community garden as an extension of a new community center.
- Mt. Bowdoin Betterment Association in Dorchester: $1,000 to beautify the corner lot by planting and revitalizing the garden.
- Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library: $500 to rebuild community garden beds.
Teen Librarian Celia Contelmo at the Mattapan Library expressed support about these mini-grants saying in a statement, “Because of [Love Your Block’s] funding, library patrons of all ages were able to participate in growing fruits and vegetables in their own neighborhood.”
The Love Your Block mini-grant award selection committee includes representatives from the Love Your Block team, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services Liaisons, Public Works Department, Parks & Recreation, Boston Transportation Department, City Hall To Go Program, Department of Neighborhood Development and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.
Learn more about Love Your Block and apply for a mini-grant at boston.gov/civic-engagement/love-your-block.