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In 2021 HAND is offering a two types of Small & Simple Grants

The NEW  Small & Simple Grant to Control Invasive Plant Species (SSCIPS)

  • This is a pilot program that will allow for HAND grant monies to be used to fund improvements on private property with the explicit purpose of supporting neighborhood-wide initiatives to remove invasive species and replace them with native plants. This includes, but is not limited to, the purchase of tools and supplies or rental of equipment to help remove invasive species, as well as the purchase of native plants to plant in areas where invasive species have been removed.

 

The traditional Small & Simple Grant (SS) that covers all other categories

  • This grant provides community building opportunities that might not otherwise be available. Possible uses for Small & Simple Grants include, but are not limited to:

    • training sessions and educational workshops,
    • neighborhood newsletter mailings,
    • sustainability projects
    • physical improvements
    • special celebrations

All Small & Simple Grants have

  • a combined annual maximum of $500 (can be divided between the 2 grant types, or for multiple smaller grants within one category) 
  • do not require a neighborhood match
  • are available from January 4 through September 1, 2021

     

    If your organization has an idea for which you are interested in applying for a Small & Simple Grant, contact

    Angela Van Rooy

    Neighborhood Services Program Manager

    angela.vanrooy@bloomington.in.gov

    812-349-3505.

     

     

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    Small & Simple Grant to Control Invasive Plant Species (SSCIPS)

    The 2021 Small & Simple Grant to Control Invasive Plant Species 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 three files to your application; please have these completed and ready for upload before you begin to complete the form. You will need:

     

     

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

     

     

    If you application is granted:

     

     

     

    Blue Ridge volunteers participate in an invasive plants workshop

    Blue Ridge volunteers participate in an invasive plants workshop

    Blue Ridge neighbors gather for an on-site workshop with MC-IRIS volunteer, Gillian Field, who teaches participants how to identify and reduce invasive plants.

     

     

    SSCIPS grants awarded to date in 2021 (applications will be accepted until September 1, 2021):

    • Blue Ridge Neighborhood Association

    • Elm Heights Wintercreeper Project

     

     

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    Traditional Small & Simple Grant (SS)

    The 2021 Small & Simple 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 three files to your application; please have these completed and ready for upload before you begin to complete the form. You will need:

     

     

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

     

    Here are some ideas:

    • Sponsor your own neighborhood cleanup.
    • Hold a neighborhood party, best community builder ever!
    • Add sign toppers to your street signs to identify your neighborhood.
    • Prepare "Welcome to the Neighborhood" packages, filled with goodies everyone needs when moving in! 
    • Mail your neighborhood newsletter.
    • Dog waste bag containers, for those who forget a bag!
    • Landscaping, improve an area with native plantings or trees.
    • Install a bench.

     

    Traditional Small & Simple grants awarded to date in 2021 (applications will be accepted until September 1, 2021):

    • Park Ridge East Neighborhood Association

    • McDoel Gardens Neighborhood Association

     

     

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    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.

    *Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2021 cycle.*

     

    For questions please contact: 

    Kriste Lindberg

    Residential Stormwater Grants Coordinator

    stormwater@bloomington.in.gov

    (812) 349-3617