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 Neighborhood Partnering Program (NPP) provides opportunities for community and neighborhood organizations to affect public improvements by sharing in the costs of those efforts with the City of Austin. Cost sharing can be achieved through cash contributions, in-kind contributions, or donated labor (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