City offers innovative economic development grants

The City of Tacoma’s Community and Economic Development Department’s Neighborhood Council Office is accepting applications for the 2006 Small Innovative Grant Program.

These grants provide matching funds primarily to neighborhood organizations within the Neighborhood Council areas. They will assist and support these organizations in developing and implementing small-scale, neighborhood, self-help and physical improvement projects.

Projects must benefit low to moderate income neighborhoods or communities; make physical improvements, or remove slum and blighted conditions. Examples include street and street-related improvements, lighting, signage, handicap barrier removals, beautification activities and cleanups.

Grant workshops will be held on Feb. 13 from 5 to 6 p.m. and March 30 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Tacoma Municipal Building 10th floor Conference Room, 747 Market St.

Applications, proposals and instructions are available at the Neighborhood Council Office on the 9th floor of the Tacoma Municipal Building between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Application deadline is April 7 by 5 p.m. For more information, call Elton Gatewood, Neighborhood Council Coordinator, at (253) 591-5229.