Syracuse Parks Conservancy Seeking Small Grant Applicants

Syracuse, NY – As Central New York enjoys more hours of sunshine and hopes for warmer
weather, the Syracuse Parks Conservancy (SPC) is gearing up on this First Day of Spring by seeking applicants for its Neighborhood Greening Grants Program. The program will award a series of $750 mini-grants to help organizations improve their communities through park and recreation center beautification projects.

Syracuse Parks Conservancy believes that well-kept community spaces contribute to the life and vitality of neighborhoods. By taking care of our neighborhood environment, we create places where residents can gather and interact, thus strengthening the neighborhood’s social fabric and improving its quality of life. SPC Vice President George Matthews said, “Increased citizen involvement with Parks programs is a primary purpose of this project.”

Applicants may be neighborhood associations, schools, park associations, faith-based organizations and other community groups in the city of Syracuse that hold a 501(c)(3) status. Non-qualifying organizations may seek a qualifying fiscal agent. Eligible proposals for projects are not permitted to have taken place already or currently have an open
Neighborhood Greening Grant. Projects should be on vacant lots or property owned by the Syracuse Department of Parks, allow community member involvement and leadership, and occur where there is a need for financial assistance for the project proposed. Sample projects may include a community garden, rain garden, park beautification or the development of a trail.

Applications will be subject to a review process. All grants are awarded on a rolling basis in amounts not to exceed $750 per grant. Applicants can visit www.syracuseparksconservancy.com/neighborhood-greening-grants/ to view application
guidelines and to download an application.

This program is funded by the Central New York Community Foundation.

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