The Neighborhood Project Matching Grant Program provides matching grants, of up to $3,000, to neighborhood groups interested in building strong relationships around a community-driven beautification project and supports the City’s strategic focus on Community Pride. Successful projects will:
- result in an enhancement to the neighborhood’s identity
- enlist community participation and foster a sense of community pride
- be visible to the general public
- be a project that can be permitted by City regulations
Example of an entryway sign and landscaping:
For questions not addressed below, please feel free to email email@example.com or contact the Community Engagement Administrator at (727)587-6740, ext 7630.
Eligible Projects and Applicants
Eligible projects include physical improvements such as landscaping, entryway signs, fencing, walkways, fountains and architectural, energy-saving lighting in a common area or neighborhood entryway. Reimbursement is available for the cost of pre-approved projects up to a maximum of $3,000 and must include matching or in-kind funds. Grants are open to neighborhood associations, voluntary or mandatory homeowner’s associations, civic groups or registered crime watch groups in the City of Largo. If the project requires a permit, a licensed contractor must be used. Projects previously completed outside of this grant are not eligible for reimbursement.
Grant application, support letter from community leader or association, budget form including quotes from two separate vendors.
There is no formal deadline. Applications are accepted year-round and awarded while grant funds remain. Please submit your application to City Hall, P.O. Box 296 NE, Attn: Community Engagement Administrator, Largo, FL 33779.
Do we need to contact the Community Engagement Administrator before we apply?
Yes, contacting the coordinator will provide guidance on project and applicant eligibility, as well as answer any questions the group may have regarding the process or fund availability. Please send the scope of the plan before applying. Applications that have not been cleared will not be reviewed.
What qualifies as matching or in-kind funds?
An in-kind match is the value of any cash, real property, equipment, goods, or services contributed towards the completion of the project. Volunteer hours are calculated at $25/hr towards the match.
Do we need to register with the City before we apply?
Yes, complete the Community Group Registration
How do we know if our group is registered with the City or update our group's contact information?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out.
Within what timeframe are we expected to complete the work?
Groups have 180 days from the time permits are approved. Projects not requiring a permit have 90 days to complete the approved project.
Does my group receive the cash upfront?
No, the program is designed as a reimbursement. Once a project is completed, the submission of a final reimbursement form and paid invoices are required to process a reimbursement check, payable to the group. The vendor may also be paid directly. The group or individual receiving payment must provide a W-9 and register with the City of Largo.
Our group does not have a surplus in funds, how can we take advantage of this program?
Volunteer value is acceptable as in-kind towards the neighborhood’s match. Please contact the Community Engagement Administrator for more information.