00-0455R

RESOLUTION APPROVING THE 2000 REVISED PROGRAM GUIDELINES FOR THE CITY'S NEIGHBORHOOD MATCHING GRANTS FUND PROGRAM.

BY PRESIDENT GILBERT:

RESOLVED, that the 2000 revised neighborhood matching grants funds guidelines are hereby approved.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  The neighborhood matching grants fund program has been used successfully, for the past five years, by numerous community groups to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.  These proposed revisions to the guidelines are being made to improve the program and are based on internal evaluations and input from the community.

The major changes included in these revisions:  Adding a program definition of "neighborhood."  Lowering the required organization match from 1:1 to 1:2 dollars for all projects.  Accepting applications on a continuous, year round basis.  Requiring applications to have the support of the neighborhood planning district organization.  Using the newly established neighborhood advisory committee to review the projects, assuming the role of the citywide review team.  Requiring all projects on city property to be first processed through the city's project request and approval process.