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Saturday, April 26, 2014

County grants available for neighborhood improvement projects

A NEPP grant supported a tree-planting project at Glasgow Park.
Fairfax County is seeking proposals for Neighborhood Enhancement Partnership Program (NEPP) grants for the fiscal year 2015 funding cycle. Proposals are due June 17, 11 a.m.

NEPP grants can be used for projects that enhance the quality of life in neighborhoods by improving a community’s appearance; promoting healthier, safer, and cleaner neighborhoods; creating a culture of engagement among residents; or developing future community leaders.

A total of $100,000 is available in this funding round. The maximum grant amount is $5,000. Civic associations, homeowner associations, neighborhood watch groups, community swimming pool organizations, and similar community groups can apply. Grantees must contribute volunteer hours or in-kind donations.

NEPP grants have supported many recent projects in Mason District, including a trail in a wooded area at the Broyhill Crest Recreation Club, a party pavilion at the Edsall Park Swim Club, a watershed-friendly entrance garden at Camelot, and community cleanups and business engagement efforts at Seven Corners.

Anyone interested in applying for a NEPP grant is encouraged to attend one of two information sessions: May 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Kingstowne Center for Active Adults, 6488 Landsdowne Center, Alexandria, or May 13, 6:30 p.m. at the Pennino Building, 10th Floor Virginia Room, 12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.

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