City to Fund 11 Neighborhood Projects > City of Covington, KY
In the past, projects funded by the city’s Neighborhood Grants program have included signs, banners, picnic tables, benches, poop, flower pots and landscaping.
Ideas include landscaping, safety signs, dog poo and visit
COVINGTON, Ky. – Eleven neighborhood groups are to receive funding from the City of Covington for small improvement projects ranging from fruit trees and pedestrian safety signs to dog waste stations and visitor signs at historical feet.
Funding – totaling more than $50,000 – is on the agenda for consent from the Covington Board of Commissioners tonight, as part of the latest round of the ongoing Neighborhood Grant Program.
Grants range from $2,500 to $6,320 and are awarded to neighborhood associations and resident groups for projects that improve their environment.
“This year has been a bit different from other years, in fact for the first year we received more grant applications than we had funds available,” Neighborhood Services Director, Brandon Holmes.
The winners and their projects:
- East Coast — $5,000 – Randolph Park improvements: fruit trees, plaque, benches, pool chairs, paint.
- Historical licking riverside — $5,000 – “Discover the Cov” walking tour and continuous historical walking tour (banners, QR codes, design, poles, etc.)
- latonia — $6,320 – Halloween Block Party, banners.
- Levassor Park — $3,500 – “Slower is Safer” Radar Signs, Neighborhood Gathering.
- Linden Grove Cemetery (Westside, Peaselburg and Seminary Square) — $5,000 – Signage (with QR codes).
- MainStrasse Village — $2,500 – “PAWrade” Pet Parade and “Pick Up After Your Dog” signs.
- Old Town/Mutter Gottes — $4,264 – Banners, poop stations, neighborhood garage sale and spring social.
- Old Seminary Square — $4,450 – Trees, plantings.
- Peasselburg — $5,420 – Sign, banners, planters.
- Wallace Wood — $5,461 – Pedestrian safety initiatives: thermostatic painting of intersections, “Slow down” yard signs.
- Western coast — $4,085 – Banners.
A 12th application was not funded but could be considered next year.
Commissioner Tim Downing, a long-time supporter of the scheme, said the projects demonstrate the community pride and work ethic that make Covington great.
“The level of engagement of our residents has always inspired me – Covington communities pool their time and resources to make their neighborhoods cleaner, safer and more vibrant,” said Downing. “I encourage all residents who see an opportunity for improvement in their neighborhood to get involved with their neighborhood group. Engage and energize your community – it takes a whole village!
The Commission has set aside $60,000 for this year’s grants. Holmes said $3,000 was set aside in a provident fund and some funds were used to hire the Center for Great Neighborhoods, a nonprofit that has worked with many neighborhood groups to refine their requests and develop implementation plans.
A committee made up of city and center employees reviewed the applications.
According to the program guidelines, projects must:
- Be neighborhood-focused and initiated by residents who live in a neighborhood.
- Improve the quality of life in the neighborhood through visible physical improvements or special activities.
- Able to be executed within a reasonable time.
- Have demonstrated neighborhood support.
- Have a neighborhood-wide advantage or a general advantage for the region.
- Be sustainable.
Program guidelines and an application form can be found HERE.
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