Through the Neighborhood Partnering Program (NPP) Austin residents can work together to enhance the places they live, work and play. More than 80 community-initiated projects have been completed since the program first launched in 2010.

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Partner with us to build a project that benefits your community. We can create something new, add to or update what’s already there. Here are a few project examples to get you started, but we’re always open to new ideas and we’d love to hear yours! 

We can help your neighborhood…

Get Creative with public art installations, like murals or mosaics.

Make Green Spaces with park improvements, rain gardens, or new mini-parks.

Celebrate Places by enhancing trail access or installing gateway signs.

Stay Connected with trails, bike lanes, sidewalks, and other ways to keep you moving safely.

Grow Roots with community gardens or landscaping.

Innovate with your own unique idea!

Ways We Can Help 

Neighborhood Cost Share: The City helps local groups fund, develop, and construct their projects on City-owned property. In turn, local groups help with “cost-sharing" and project maintenance. Cost-sharing can be made through any combination of cash, donated materials, labor or with volunteer hours.

Adopt-A-Spot: Groups can enter into an agreement with the City to beautify, enhance and maintain a median, roadside, underpass, wall or right of way. This program does not include funding.

Grant Assistance: The City provides funds to help meet the matching requirements of a grant that you’ve received or are applying for with an outside entity other than the City of Austin. The grant must be used to support a project that will improve a public space in Austin.

Program Requirements 

All proposed projects must:

  • Be on City-owned property or right of way  
  • Be led by a nonprofit community group or a team of residents
  • Be accessible to the public and benefit the community 
  • During the proposal process, show the support of neighbors and those affected by the project

Project Types 

Examples of suitable projects may include but are not limited to: 

  • Trails and trailheads
  • Park improvements
  • Pocket parks
  • Community gardens and food forests
  • Bike lanes, sidewalks, pedestrian crossings and other pedestrian or bicycling enhancements
  • Beautification and landscaping
  • Rain gardens and green streets
  • Street furniture (benches, tables, trash/recycling bins) 
  • Murals, mosaics and other public art
  • Adopting a median, roadside or other public space
  • See examples of past and current NPP projects.

Projects not suitable include: 

  • Speed and traffic control installations including speed bumps, speed displays and intersection changes
  • Projects with the goal of displacing unhoused neighbors
  • Large-scale improvement projects over $350,000
  • Changes to recently built facilities or installations
  • Projects that memorialize individuals
  • Maintenance or repair of existing facilities 

Get Started

Learn more about the program and how it works. 

Still have questions or want to learn more?

Have an idea for a project? Submit a Project Interest Form and let us know how you’d like to partner. 

Please be patient; Project Interest Forms are reviewed monthly. NPP staff will respond with questions about your project and information about the next steps.

Note: The Project Interest Form is not an application. Our team will work with eligible projects to complete a proposal for further consideration. 

Watch the Neighborhood Partnering Program video in English

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