The Neighborhood Partnering Program (NPP) allows citizens to partner with the City to propose small to medium scale projects on City-owned property to improve the places in which they live, work and play. Click here to download our guide to all things NPP.
Examples of projects that qualify:
All proposed projects must be on City-owned property, have a community benefit and be publicly accessible. They must also come from a community group such as a:
Yes! For cost-sharing programs, completed applications are due June 1st and October 1st of each year; or the first business day thereafter. You can submit your application early, however, all applications will be considered for funding at the same time. Grant Assistance applications can be accepted at any time in order to meet grant deadlines, however, only 1-2 of these are awarded per year. Adopt-A-Median and Parking Benefit District project proposals are processed on a rolling basis.
First, you need:
Second, talk to your neighbors: show them the sketch, tell them about the cost-share, earn their support! The City requires:
Third, send an email to the Neighborhood Partnering Program. Please include in your email:
*Projects that are determined to be eligible for the Neighborhood Partnering Program will be sent a formal application.
Fourth, work with the Neighborhood Partnering Program staff to submit the full Neighborhood Partnering Program application and requested back-up materials.
Your organization will be responsible for maintaining the project for the life of the project. This means that you must be prepared to replace or repair certain aspects of the project if need-be, and must be able to do ongoing maintenance. For landscaping projects, you should be prepared to do maintenance on regular intervals as determined by a project agreement, which is developed with each awarded project.
Cost-share is calculated as a combination of any of the following:
Want to submit a strong application? Below, you can find some pointers.
Refer to Imagine Austin or your neighborhood plan to see how your proposed projects fit into the larger vision for your neighborhood.
Staff will review your application to ensure that all the minimum requirements are met, as well as:
If the above criteria cannot be met, the application will not be allowed to proceed. If minor corrections can be made that will allow the application to move forward, staff will give the applicant one week to resubmit.
Applications that do proceed will go through a technical review committee, if needed, to understand everything that is required to install the project. That committee will determine whether or not the project is feasible from both technical and cost perspectives. If the project is not feasible owing to technical, budgetary, or logistical issues, your organization will be notified.
Requests that make it through the feasibility assessment will be reviewed, scored, and ranked with awards being made based on available funding.
There are six main evaluation criteria for the Neighborhood Partnering Cost Share Proposals: