Neighborhood Partnering Program – Austin TX
This is a good example of:partnering with neighborhoods to install neighborhood improvements through cost-share, in-kind contributions and/or sweat equity.
The Mission of the Neighborhood Partnering Program is “Empowering Neighborhoods, Building Community.” Project proposals are evaluated on the program’s core values: community participation, cost sharing, quality of life enhancement, incorporation of City initiatives, and geographic equity.
The Neighborhood Partnering Program consists of 4 subprograms:
- The Neighborhood Cost Share Program (NCSP): The program assists neighborhood groups in developing, resourcing, and executing small- to medium-sized improvement projects in the City’s right of way or on City-owned property. Cost sharing can be achieved through cash contributions, in-kind contributions, or donated labor (sweat-equity). For 2014 applications, the rate was approximately $23.40/hour.
- The Grant Assistance Program (GAP) will provide City matching funds that will enable applicants to meet cost sharing or matching requirements for external grant opportunities.
- The Parking Benefit Project Proposal Program (PBPPP) assists the associated neighborhood organization identify, scope, and coordinate local improvement projects for which Parking Benefit District revenue can be dedicated.
- The Adopt-A-Median Program (AAMP) provides an approval mechanism for community groups interested in adopting, beautifying and maintaining a median or other right-of-way areas
Baseline requirements include:
- All proposed projects must be on City-owned property, have a community benefit and be publicly accessible;
- The requested land/area must be available for use;
- The requested amenity is suitable for the area; and
- The appropriateness of the scope, budget, cost-share and demonstration of support