About Community Grants

Our Community Grant Program is another tangible example of how the association lives its mission:

QVNA provides community stewardship, advocacy and service to help improve quality of life for Queen Village residents.

QVNA grants have helped fund projects like the Fulton Street Mural, masonry repairs at Beck Park, scholastic endeavors at Meredith and Nebinger Elementary, after-school programs, intergenerational educational programs, improvements at Southwark Queen Village Community Garden, Mario Lanza Park, Bodine Street Community Garden, Friends of Shot Tower and others.

When are community grants available? Community grants are available in years when the Board of Directors is able to fund one or more grants cycle in QVNA’s annual budget. In these years, QVNA will offer either one or two grant cycles (i.e., Spring and/or Fall).

QVNA announces when grant applications can be submitted using QVNA’s eNews and on Facebook. The application window is open for four weeks.

Who can apply for a community grant? Groups of neighbors who are planning a project to improve the neighborhood and are committed to completing it; “Friends of” groups; community gardens; schools; facilities and organizations that impact Queen Village and its residents.

What types of projects or programs can be funded through a community grant? We accept grant applications for a wide range of projects and programs, such as enhancing parks, gardens, playgrounds, clean & green projects, block beautification, and historic preservation. We also accept grant applications for in-school, after-school, and summer academic and/or learning enrichment programs.

How our applications evaluated?: The QVNA Grants Committee evaluates applications based on the:

  1. Degree to which the proposed project meets a community need;
  2. Clarity of the project description;
  3. Budget detail that reflects well-defined needs and reasonable costs; and
  4. Capacity of applicant organization to complete the project.

QVNA’s Grants Committee makes funding recommendations to QVNA’s Board of Directors.  The Board must approve the Committee’s recommendations before grant funding is made available.  All applicants will notified of funding decisions prior to any public announcement.

Grant recipients have twelve months to use (or lose) grant funding in accordance with the terms of the QVNA Grants Agreement signed by the grant recipient. A copy of the standard QVNA Grants Agreement that outlines all recipient responsibilities can be found here.