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The City of Bloomington, Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) invites neighborhood groups to apply for the 2021 Neighborhood Improvement Grant. This grant program is intended for projects with a total cost of at least $1,100, and requires a 10% neighborhood match.

The Neighborhood Improvement Grant is designed to give residents an opportunity to have direct input on the improvement of their neighborhoods.  The funds provide for non-traditional capital projects with community-wide benefit: the type that are not typically covered by traditional City programs. 

Projects may include physical improvements and public art. Funds may also be used to develop designs for a proposed project. This is a neighborhood-driven process, therefore the application must demonstrate neighborhood support.  Past projects have included:


  • neighborhood entrance signs and street sign toppers,

  • restoration of historic sidewalks,

  • playground equipment,

  • public art installations, and

  • landscaping. 



2021 Timeline

Virtual Informational Meeting--MANDATORY. All neighborhoods that are considering an application must attend. 

Monday, February 1, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 988 1667 4637

Passcode: 525591

Dial by your location  +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)


Letter of Intent Due

  • Monday, February 15th, 2021 by 4:00 p.m. 


Technical Assistance Meeting

  • Scheduled with each participating neighborhood


Applications Due

  • Monday, March 22, 2021 by 4:00 p.m.


Neighborhood Presentations to Grant Council


Neighborhood Improvement Grant Council Work Session





The 2021 Neighborhood Improvement Grant application form is entirely 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 will be asked to upload a number of files to your application; please have these completed and ready for upload before you begin to complete the form. 


START with these guidelines. They provide everything you need to know about the application process. 



All volunteers engaged in work on any project funded through the Neighborhood Improvement Grant program must complete this Volunteer Release and Hold Harmless waiver. The completed waiver should be submitted to the neighborhood project coordinator.






Are you having issues with flooding or poor drainage on your property?

You may be interested is applying for a Residential Stormwater Grant through the City of Bloomington Utilities Department. The program provides funding for single-family homes on private property to manage drainage/erosion concerns with green infrastructure projects such as rain gardens, dry creek beds, and more.

  • Public informational meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

  • Applications due Monday, March 1, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.


For questions please contact: 

Kriste Lindberg

Residential Stormwater Grants Coordinator

(812) 349-3617




2020 Neighborhood Improvement Grants Awarded

At its May 4, 2020 meeting the Bloomington Redevelopment Commission approved the following Neighborhood Improvement Grant funding, for a total of $14,800.74:


$4,532.74 to the Bloomington Housing Authority Residents' Council for “Community Engagement and Back-to-School Resource Fair”
BHARC kiosk 2020
Three kiosks were installed at Bloomington Housing Authority properties to improve communication with residents.


$3,488.00 to the Park Ridge East Neighborhood Association for “Creekside Gardens and Paths—Park Ridge East Park Restoration Phase 2”
butterfly garden
The butterfly garden in Park Ridge East Park.














$6,780.00 the the Prospect Hill Neighborhood Association for “Rose Hill Cemetery Improvements 2020”
section sign
One of twelve cemetery section signs installed at Rose Hill Cemetery.




















Special THANKS to Neighborhood Improvement Grant Council members for their service:


Roy Aten, Planning and Transportation Department

Cindy Kinnarney, Redevelopment Commission

Nate Nickel, Public Works Department

Linda Woods, Eastern Heights Neighborhood Association

Sharon Yarber, Matlock Heights Neighborhood Association