Neighborhood improvements could receive up to $5K

Grants are available for street-related and beautification projects.

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:

– 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 Tacoma city limits.

Project examples include street and sidewalk improvements such as lighting, signage and handicap barrier removals; neighborhood beautification activities such as art, signage and cleanups; park and playground development and improvements including renovations and handicap accessibility; and community facility improvements and rehabilitation.

Citizens who want to learn more about the process and get tips for applying can attend a workshop from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., on Monday, March 15 at the Tacoma Municipal Building, 10th floor conference room, 747 Market St.

Applications can be downloaded at www.cityoftacoma.org/innovativegrants or can be picked up between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Neighborhood Council Office, Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., Suite 1036 or the City Clerk’s Office, Suite 220. Completed applications are due by 5 p.m., April 9.

LANDMARKS PRESERVATION COMMISSION OPENINGS

The Tacoma City Council invites qualified individuals to apply for vacant positions on the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The following positions are open: At-large: Open to all Tacoma residents; City Planner: Open to professional planners residing and/or working in the City of Tacoma; and Landscape Architect: Open to professional landscape architects residing and/or working in the City of Tacoma.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission oversees the establishment and regulation of landmarks, landmark sites and historic districts. Commission meetings are held at 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. The commission is comprised of 15 citizen volunteers who serve three-year terms. Members are recommended for appointment by the Council Appointments Committee and confirmed by the City Council.

To apply, contact Dio Neris, Mayor’s Office, 253/591-5100, or visit www.cityoftacoma.org (Click on City Hall, then Public Information and then Committees, Boards, Commissions) for an application.

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