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 loveyourblock@boston.gov.

Volunteers at Love Your Block’s neighborhood clean-up in the North End, May 2018.

The City received 60 mini-grant applications last year. The five winners who received funds for their neighborhood projects are listed below.

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  • 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.

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