Applications Available Dec. 14

Rockville is launching a new grant to help neighbors work together to accomplish common goals supporting the health, vitality and inclusivity of the place they call home.

The application period for the Community Empowerment Grants program opens Dec. 14. Applications are due Jan. 14.

Neighborhood, civic or homeowners associations; community groups; and organized groups of neighbors are eligible to apply. Neighbors who are willing to match funding through cash, in-kind donation and volunteer hours are eligible for these competitive grants.

Applications are reviewed and awarded by the City Manager’s Office, and typically range from $500-$1,000 each. Funding, which must benefit a clearly identified area within the city limits, may be applied to any of the following objectives:

  • Building community: projects that promote the development or sustainability of a neighborhood association or community group.
  • Community improvement projects: projects that improve the shared space within a neighborhood or strengthen community identity. This may include landscape improvements and maintenance, signage, bus shelters, natural features management, benches, painting, or certain exterior improvements. Bonus points will be awarded if two or more groups work together on a project.
  • Livability initiatives: projects that provide educational and outreach opportunities that strengthen social connections between neighbors or neighborhoods. This may include improving safety, addressing a neighborhood challenge or conflict, serving low-income seniors, or finding ways to welcome newcomers to Rockville.

Awardees will be notified by Jan. 26. Grant funds will be available Feb. 14.

Find applications and additional information on the Community Empowerment Grant program website.