Tulsa neighborhood grant program launches to target blighted areas

Posted at 6:31 PM, Oct 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-20 06:43:22-04

Have you ever wanted to get some graffiti removed or thought of building a park on a vacant lot?

A new grant program launched Thursday from the City of Tulsa aims to give neighborhoods the tools to fight off blight.

It’s a mini grant program called ‘Love Your Block’ and the hope from the city’s neighborhood liaison is that some of the 400 neighborhood associations and groups will apply.

“It’s just giving people the idea and really we’re trying to make sure these neighborhoods work with other groups because you can’t do everything by yourself and a lot of times a neighborhood group might be just a small core group of people, maybe 3 to 5 people, so really what we’re doing through the application process is asking these neighborhood groups go out and find people they can partner with so they can have a bigger and better project a thousand dollars can only go so far,” said Joel Hensley.

The grant would give $1,000 to a neighborhood organization to beautify streets, clean up litter, remove graffiti or build a small community garden.

“There’s a variety of things, but really that’s kind of the starting point and through the application process we’ll be asking our neighborhoods to find partners that can really make this maybe a small project to really a project that could really make a huge impact in their entire neighborhood,” said Hensley.

The city said if you’re one of those 400 neighborhood group associations you’ll get an e-mail about how to attend a workshop on November 7th.

Applications are due for the Love Your Block grant program are on December 15.

Hensley said up to 7 neighborhoods will be chosen for the grant and those will be announced in January 2018.

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