In 2014, the city of Boise will award $264,311 for 24 capital grants and $24,501 for 17 mini-grants for a total of $288,812 for the 2014 Neighborhood Reinvestment program.
The capital grants will pay for physical improvements within neighborhoods. Neighborhoods can use mini-grants for non-capital projects, such as flyers for neighborhood gatherings or maintaining a neighborhood website.
Here are a few examples of the projects that will receive grants this year:
Whittier Elementary Art Boundary (Veterans Park Neighborhood Association): Create a public art piece to run along the western school yard boundary as part of the 30th Street Cultural Arts Plan. ($38,000)
Walking Path, Owyhee Harbor Elementary (Hillcrest Neighborhood Association): Construct an all-weather pathway for students and the community near Owyhee-Harbor Elementary School. ($35,770)
Neighborhood Bike Racks (Lusk Street Neighborhood Association): Install public bicycle parking as envisioned by the Lusk Street Area Master plan. ($12,600)
Harrison Boulevard and Warm Springs Avenue Historic Bus Benches (North End and East End Neighborhood Associations): Replace metal-slatted benches at bus stops along Harrison and Warm Springs with benches that are consistent with the historic district period style. ($3,991 and $6,604)
Wildland Urban Interface Firewise Improvements (Central Foothills Neighborhood Association): Improve firewise readiness of the area by providing tools such as a chipper and dump truck to dispose of large amounts of organic material along the perimeter of the neighborhood that hinder the areas ability to withstand a wildland fire. ($13,500)
Borah Park Electrical Upgrade (Borah Neighborhood Association): Electrical upgrades within Borah Park for service for both picnic shelters, a food vendor, and future restroom use. ($16,286)
Comba Park Garden Relocation (West Valley Neighborhood Association): Relocation of the existing community garden from its current location to the west end of Comba Park to double the number of available growing plots and conform with the development plan for the park.