NEW ORLEANS, LA — Today, the Landrieu Administration announced a call for the second round of applications for “Love Your Block,” a citizen-led block revitalization effort that encourages community groups to identify priority projects and develop volunteer-fueled solutions. “Love Your Block” is based upon a Cities of Service model whereby the Mayor’s Office will encourage citizens to take on small-scale projects to improve and beautify their neighborhood. The second round of applications are due July 23, 2012.
The Administration’s ServeNOLA office has been awarded $10,000 in Home Depot gift cards through Service Nation to fully fund this initiative. A first round of 10 grants were awarded in May, 2012, and the scope of work on the projects were completed by mid-June. More than 200 volunteers completed in excess of 1000 hours to complete their projects.
“The first round of applicants executed terrific projects that truly impacted the community and unified citizens in new and innovative ways,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “More important, these activities and results can be a deterrent to vandalism and other forms of criminal activity.”
ServeNOLA is managing the competitive grant process, soliciting applications from neighborhood groups throughout the city. Any formal or informal groups of whose members reside in New Orleans is invited to apply for a grant of $500 courtesy of the Home Depot to fund the work. A group is comprised of at least five members who are not in the same family. The project must take place in New Orleans.
Suggested scopes of work include such activities as improving parks with benches, landscaping, picnic tables, or planting trees; exterior maintenance of a low-income resident’s home (with homeowners permission); streetscape improvements including planting trees or flowers in neutral grounds; removing graffiti and clearing litter and debris; or, installation of public art such as a mural or mosaic. Any work done on city-owned property, such as a neutral ground, must be approved by the Department of Parks and Parkways.
Once applications are received, a panel assembled from the Mayor’s Office will select grant recipients and award each recipient a $500 gift card to purchase supplies needed for their project. A total of 20 grants will be awarded in 2012. Applicants will receive notice of the status of their applications within two weeks of the final submission date. ServeNOLA will also provide recipients with technical assistance in planning and budgeting. Work must be completed within 30 days of receiving the grant.
In order to be considered for a grant, proposed projects should be viable, sustainable and inclusive. Applications should include realistic project goals and a budget, a plan for obtaining supplies, a plan for requesting additional assistance from other people in the neighborhood, and a plan to care for and maintain the project in the future. Groups awarded a grant will be required to submit a post-project report that includes project details, photographs, and receipts from Home Depot.
Applications can be submitted by completing the application and emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org or by delivering or mailing to:
New Orleans City Hall
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Those interested in learning more about the “Love Your Block” program of to get further information on how to apply can visit www.nola.gov/loveyourblock or call ServeNOLA at 504-658-4964. Applications can also be picked up at the ServeNOLA office in City Hall Room 8W03.
Cities of Service is a bipartisan coalition of Mayors working to find new and innovative ways to harness the power or volunteers in their cities. By accelerating the service movement at the most local level—connecting local needs to the supply of willing volunteers in innovative and impactful new ways—Cities of Service aspires to create a new chapter in America’s longstanding history of service while making local government more effective.
Service Nation is a campaign to inspire a new era of voluntary citizen service in America. By accelerating the service movement at the most local level—connecting local needs to the supply of willing volunteers in innovative and impactful new ways—Cities of Service aspires to create a new chapter in America’s longstanding history of service while making local government more effective.