Neighborhood Grant Program

Program Purpose



The Surprise City Council would like to engage residents and increase community spirit.  To encourage our residents to do so, the Neighborhood Grant Program has been initiated to provide monetary assistance to support activities with goals that comply with our initiative.

Are you interested in sponsoring a special event in your neighborhood to bring your neighbors together to discuss issues and concerns? Would you like to organize a concert in your local park?  Do you know of a great place to have a welcome sign in your neighborhood? Or maybe you would like to add trees to your area or make landscaping improvements to make your neighborhood feel friendlier. If you are willing to work hard to see your ideas come to fruition, the City could help make them a reality through the City of Surprise’s Neighborhood Grant Program.

How the Program Works



The City of Surprise will provide small grants for the Neighborhood Grant Program to foster partnerships between the City and its neighborhoods each year. Through an application process, qualifying neighborhoods will receive funds for specific projects outlined through the application.


How to Apply



If you are seeking funds for Fiscal Year 2016-2017, you will need to do as follows:

  1. Complete and submit a Neighborhood Grant Program Application to Jodi Tas by Wednesday, November 30, 2016 by 5:00PM. All proposals received after this deadline will not be considered.

    a. This application must be signed by a minimum of five neighbors within your residential area supporting the idea and the project applicant. 

    b. The application must include a thorough description of how the funding will be utilized.

    c. Please include the HOA Board approval, if required.

  2. Present your proposal at the Community Outreach, Partnerships & Grants Sub-Committee Meeting Thursday, December 1, 2016 for sponsorship.

    a. The aforementioned panel must support your project for it to move forward.

    b. Your respective HOA must approve your project, if required, prior to submittal of application.

    c. Projects must comply with city policy.

    d. Please contact Jodi Tas, Assistant to the Council II, at 623.222.1330, with any questions, submittal of application and to determine which meeting agenda your application will be considered.

Download the Neighborhood Grant Program Application (PDF)

Overview



The Neighborhood Grant Program, established in 2015, fosters a special partnership between the City of Surprise and its neighborhoods. Through an application process, qualifying neighborhoods will receive funds for specific projects. Award decisions are made by the Committee on Community Outreach, Partnerships & Grants. The Program encourages involvement of residents and other public and private organizations to support neighborhood-initiated planning, community-building, or improvement projects. This fiscal year, the City is providing up to $10,000 for neighborhood projects. Neighborhoods are not limited to one project per fiscal year and may submit more than one application annually.
To receive support projects must:

  • Provide a public benefit,
  • Result in a product, which benefits a neighborhood or the larger Surprise community,
  • Be feasible for completion by Friday, June 2, 2017,
  • Involve the benefiting neighborhood in project identification, planning, and execution,
  • Emphasize neighborhood self-help, or
  • Be educational, community-building, or a public physical improvement.
  • Submit a quarterly report by February 15, 2017 & April 14, 2017.
  • Complete a final presentation & report about the project in June 15, 2017. (Date subject to change)
Projects not eligible for funding:

  • Duplication of an existing private or public program or service,
  • Ongoing services or requests that support service organizations’ operating budgets,
  • Projects that conflict with existing city policy,
  • Projects that conflict with your respective HOA policies,
  • Projects exceeding the duration of one year, or
  • Maintenance of projects built with previous Neighborhood Matching Funds.

Ideas by Project Category



  1. Neighborhood Physical Improvements
    • Materials and services to be used toward improvements such as playgrounds, common areas, park amenities, community gardens, neighborhood markers, identity signs, trash cans, benches, etc.
  2. Neighborhood Organizing / Organizational Development
    • Activities, services, and materials that generate new neighborhood connections and activities, grow an organization or educate neighborhood leadership and promote involvement.
  3. Neighborhood Preservation
    • Materials, programs or services that sustain or improve the health, public safety, and welfare of the neighborhood such as crime watch, traffic management, or home weatherization programs; or contribute positively to the neighborhood’s aesthetic quality such as community property maintenance programs or beautification programs.
  4. Neighborhood Cultural, Social, and Recreational Initiatives
    • Materials, programs or services that promote diversity, family literacy, neighborhood access to technology, after school enrichment programs, youth athletic leagues, career preparation, services for the needy, disabled, or elderly and cultural activities such as music, dance, or art programs.

Important Dates to Remember:

*Subject to change
Item Due Date Time

Grant Applications Due

November 30, 2016 5:00 p.m.

Proposal Presentations to Sub-Committee

Surprise City Hall

16000 N Civic Center Plaza, First Floor Conference Room #150

December 1, 2016 4:00 p.m.

City Council Meeting (Funding Decision)

December 20, 2016 6:00 p.m.

Project Status Report Due

February 15, 2017 5:00 p.m.
Project Status Report Due April 14, 2017 5:00 p.m.

Project Completion Deadline

June 2, 2017  

Final Report & Presentation

June 15, 2017* 4:00 p.m.
  1. Jodi Tas

    Assistant to the Council II
    Phone: 623.222.1300