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HARTFORD ANNOUNCES APPLICATION WINDOW FOR ANTI-BLIGHT GRANTS

HARTFORD ANNOUNCES APPLICATION WINDOW FOR ANTI-BLIGHT GRANTS

HARTFORD, CONN (January 31, 2019) – Today, the City of Hartford announced it is accepting applications from organizations and citizen groups for ten $1,000 grants aimed at combating blight in the Frog Hollow neighborhood, as part of the City’s Love Your Block (LYB) program.  Grant funding can be used for getting the supplies needed to implement local, volunteer-led projects. LYB is designed to increase neighborhood pride by creating opportunities for residents to own and lead change in their community.  The application for the grants is available here, and completed applications are due no later than March 1, 2019 at 5 PM. 

“Our Blight Remediation Team has been working closely with NRZs to combat blight because we can only make progress working together, and Love Your Block is another creative way to encourage grassroots engagement in this vital mission,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “Residents and community organizations can make a real impact on Frog Hollow with these grants.  I want to thank the Frog Hollow NRZ and the Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance for partnering with us to get Love Your Block up and running.”

Cities of Service awarded Hartford a $25,000 Love Your Block implementation grant last year specifically for the Frog Hollow neighborhood.  In addition to the grant funding, two AmeriCorps VISTA members have already started working with Frog Hollow residents and they will support residents and organizations as mini grants are distributed.

Mayor Bronin has made combating blight a priority, creating a Blight Remediation Team that has been working with Neighborhood Revitalization Groups to target specific properties and blocks around the city.  He also secured $5 million in State funding for a Land Bank, which is now in the process of conducting a detailed city-wide blight assessment in partnership with the Hartford Youth Service Corps.  Later this year the Land Bank expects to begin using its authority to acquire and rehabilitate properties in partnership with a variety of stakeholders.

“SINA applauds the City for working with the community to launch this initiative,” said Melvyn Colon, Executive Director of the Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance.  “It provides the residents an opportunity to demonstrate the intense pride they have in their neighborhoods.”

“The NRZ is very excited about the LYB program and the many creative ideas our neighbors present to help improve the neighborhood,” said Aaron Gill, Chair of the Frog Hollow Neighborhood Revitalization Zone.  “We encourage all of our neighbors to submit mini-grant applications and participate in the program.”

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