Neighborhood improvement projects could get $5K grant

Citizens who want to implement street-related improvement and beautification projects in Tacoma’s neighborhoods may qualify for up to $5,000 in Innovative Grant funding from the Tacoma Economic Development Department’s Neighborhood Council office.

The Innovative Grant program assists and supports organizations in developing and implementing small-scale, improvement projects in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods within the city’s eight Neighborhood Council areas.

To quality for funding, projects must meet the minimum criteria, including:

– Focus on street-related improvements;

– Benefit low- to moderate-income neighborhoods;

– Do not exceed $5,000 ;

– Provide a 10-percent match in volunteer time, cash, material, self-help or other donations; and

– Occur within the Tacoma city limits.

Some project examples include street and sidewalk improvements such as lighting, signage, handicap barrier removals on streets and sidewalks; neighborhood beautification activities such as arts, signage and cleanups; park and playground development and improvements including renovations and handicap accessibility; and community facility improvements and rehabilitation.

Citizens may download applications online at, or pick up applications between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Neighborhood Council office, Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., Suite 1036 or City Clerk’s office, Suite 220. You must turn in completed applications by 5 p.m., March 19.

For more information, call Elton Gatewood, Neighborhood Council coordinator, at 591-5229 or e-mail at