Community Beautification Grant Program

Purpose 

The City of Frankfort, Community Beautification Grant program is a neighborhood based community beautification effort which supports groups of neighbors to make a difference in their neighborhood and community. Its goals are to use beautification efforts to:

  • Demonstrate individual, family, neighborhood and community pride
  • Improve quality of life
  • Support neighbors helping neighbors and neighborhoods

Overview

  • $500 maximum per project
  • Projects must be in the public right-of-way.
  • If a project is within the boundaries of a neighborhood association, the project must be endorsed by the neighborhood association.
  • Grants are made to groups only. Awards are not made to individuals or profit-making groups.
  • Applications are due the 15th business day of every month beginning in February. Projects may start on the 15stof the next month after the deadline (first would be March 15).
  • Submit original and one copy
  • Only one project per month from the same group will be reviewed.
  • All projects must be closed out for the end of the fiscal year by June 15.
  • One group may not have more than one project open at the same time. Neighborhood associations may have up to two projects open at the same time.

Eligibility 

Groups and neighborhood associations can apply. All applications must be endorsed by the neighborhood association (if applicable) representing the area. Areas not covered by a neighborhood association are eligible and are encouraged to become a neighborhood association.

Ineligible projects

  • Equipment may not be purchased with these funds, unless it is necessary to carry out the project. All tools and equipment purchased must be turned over and maintained by the neighborhood association, accessible for use by all neighborhood residents, and have a written public procedure for use.
  • Staff salaries may not be supported with these funds. Payments cannot be made directly to individuals.
  • No religious or political activities can be supported with these funds
  • Banners and / or murals are not eligible
  • Reimbursement is not allowed for costs incurred prior to grant approval

Types of Eligible Projects

  • Landscaping and beautification projects which are completed on the public right of way and are previously approved by appropriate City departments.
  • Workshops which benefit neighborhood residents, such as invasive species education.
  • Clean-up projects that clear an area of trash and debris, graffiti or other unsightly conditions that detract from neighborhood appearance which are coordinated with appropriate City departments prior to application. If the project includes permanent fixtures (i.e., trash cans), they must be installed on public property with prior approval from the appropriate City departments.
  • Other ideas that address blight conditions, benefit and involve residents will also be considered.

Definition of Group

  • Any neighborhood association
  • Any group of non-related members who live in the neighborhood and are operating, for purposes other than making a profit, within the neighborhood boundaries (if area is covered by a neighborhood association) examples: PTA, Garden Club, bowling team of neighborhood members.
  • Any group of five members or larger in which three members are not related, who live within the neighborhood and are coming together for the purpose of developing a project for the benefit of the neighborhood.

The Process

  • Approach appropriate City departments for approval, if needed
  • Approach neighborhood association regarding endorsement
  • Complete the application
  • Get neighborhood association president signature
  • Sign and submit the application to the City Manager's Office
  • Allow 30 days prior to the start of the project for grant review and approval
  • Appeals of decisions may be made directly to the City Commission

After Approval

  • Provide the City Manager's Office with photos of any outcomes or results of the efforts supported with grant funds
  • Provide timely submission of payment requests with required documentation
  • Complete a close out evaluation at the end of the project