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Page last updated on March 25, 2024 at 9:08 am

PLEASE NOTE: The 2024 round of grants is now closed, the 2025 application will be available in 1-1-2025


cleanup grant logo, broom in place of the "l"

Are you ready for some serious SPRING CLEANING?

Apply for a Neighborhood Cleanup Grant! It's a great community building activity! 

HAND provides trucks or dumpsters to collect items for disposal. Your neighborhood provides volunteers and coordination. During a neighborhood cleanup, neighborhood residents and volunteers are expected to transport items to the staging area. HAND collects the following items for proper disposal/recycling: 

  • trash (not for regular household trash - only items too large to fit inside your City trash cart)
  • recycling (only items too large to fit inside your City recycling cart)
  • tires
  • scrap metal (funds from recycled scrap metal will go back to your neighborhood)
  • hazardous materials (old chemicals, batteries, lightbulbs, oil, etc.)
  • electronics (virtually anything with with a cord or battery-operated, EXCEPT screens larger than 8 inches and appliances with Freon)
  • brush and tree limbs (not for regular yard waste - only brush and limbs too large to fit inside your yard waste receptacle)


Unwanted but usable items will be added to a "picker pile" and are free for the taking!


Sample cleanup layout showing trash, scrap metal, hazmat, tires, and re-use collection areas
This is a typical staging area setup on a city street. When a parking lot is available, the staging area configuration would be altered slightly.

Annually the HAND Department awards Neighborhood Cleanup Grants to eligible neighborhood groups through a competitive application process.  To be eligible to apply in 2024, your neighborhood must be located within the corporate boundaries of the City of Bloomington, and may not have received a cleanup grant in either 2022 or 2023. Two Neighborhood Cleanup Grants will be awarded in 2024. 


What makes for a winning application? Demonstrate that

  • your neighbors are organized and committed to a successful cleanup,

  • volunteers have pledged to working specific hours during the cleanup, and

  • communication within the neighborhood is ongoing. 


Organization of volunteers and participants is the responsibility of the neighborhood. Your application should demonstrate that your neighborhood is


  • MOTIVATED, and





The 2024 Neighborhood Cleanup Grant application is electronic. You will need a Google account to submit the application. This allows you to upload files, receive a copy of your application, and edit your application after submission. Please read through the application in its entirety before beginning to fill out the electronic form. You must upload two documents within the application form:


START with these guidelines for step-by-step instructions about the application process. 

If your organization is interested in applying for a Neighborhood Cleanup Grant and you need assistance with the application, please contact Angela Van Rooy at 812-349-3505 or


Neighborhood Cleanups may be held on one of the following Saturdays in 2024. Applicants must choose their top two preferred dated. 

  • April 13
  • April 27
  • May 11
  • May 18
  • June 1


2024 Neighborhood Cleanup Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 4, 2024.--The 2024 application process is now closed. Please consider applying next year.


Fritz Terrace neighborhood cleanup 2023

NWS neighborhood cleanup












Fritz Terrace and Near West Side neighborhoods were recipients of Neighborhood Cleanup Grants in 2023.





Eastern Heights cleanup 2022McDoel Garden Cleanup












Eastern Heights and McDoel Gardens neighborhoods were recipients of Neighborhood Cleanup Grants in 2022







Mayfair cleanup 2021woodlands cleanup 2021













Mayfair and The Woodlands-Winding Brook neighborhoods were recipients of Neighborhood Cleanup Grants in 2021.