Community Beautification Opportunity Available to Chula Vista Residents Through Love Your Block Program Sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation

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Thanks to the generous support of The Home Depot Foundation, 20 competitive Love Your Block mini-grants are now available to Chula Vista residents who wish to form a group and complete an impactful and creative community beautification project in their neighborhoods. Winning applications will receive a $500 Home Depot gift card to purchase needed supplies for their project and can request City services as available to support the effort. Applications can be downloaded at CVServes.org.

City of Chula Vista Love Your Block

Chula Vista residents use Love Your Block grants to improve their community.

Neighbors can act as a powerful force to improve their neighborhoods and prevent crime, while increasing community involvement and improving quality of life.

Thanks to the generous support of The Home Depot Foundation, 20 competitive Love Your Block mini-grants are now available to Chula Vista residents who wish to form a group and complete an impactful and creative community beautification project in their neighborhoods. Winning applications will receive a $500 Home Depot gift card to purchase needed supplies for their project and can request City services as available to support the effort. Applications can be downloaded at CVServes.org.

“These mini-grants encourage groups of community members to identify priority projects and develop volunteer-fueled solutions,” said Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox. “Love Your Block engages residents in revitalizing their neighborhoods one block at a time. Neighbors can act as a powerful force to improve their neighborhoods and prevent crime, while increasing community involvement and improving quality of life.”

Residents and neighbors who are interested in applying for a Love Your Block grant can download a form online at CVServes.org or call (619) 691-5175 for more information. Completed applications must be received by 5 p.m., October 1, 2012. Grant winners must be ready to begin their community improvement project by attending an orientation session in October and complete the project by the end of December 2012.

Chula Vista Serves seeks neighborhood groups/organizations to develop and implement volunteer-led projects. Residents across the city are the best caretakers of their neighborhoods and the intent of Love Your Block is to foster a sense of community, belonging, and pride of ownership.

Love Your Block Applicant Criteria

Each group must submit a detailed and realistic action plan for engaging residents to carry out a physical transformation of their block. For the purpose of Love Your Block, a block is defined as an area “bound by visible features such as roads, streams, or railroad tracks.” The granting team will consider awarding more than one mini-grant to groups representing blocks significantly larger than the typical city block.

Love Your Block Applicant Criteria include:

  • Be volunteer-led (without any paid staff). Eligible groups include, among others, neighborhood, tenant and block associations plus community garden groups, school and church-based groups.
  • Demonstrate a need for improvement in the neighborhood.
  • Demonstrate the ability to mobilize a minimum of 10 neighborhood volunteers to take part in the Love Your Block project, including planning and implementation.
  • Commit to send two main contacts to a mandatory orientation session for grant awardees.
  • Obtain signatures and phone numbers of at least 20 residents/owners on the block.
  • Develop a specific action plan for the project.
  • Develop a budget for how the gift card will be spent and keep all receipts to submit with the final report. Determine types of supplies needed and how much will be purchased. Love Your Block grants do not cover personnel, on-going costs, or food and beverages.
  • Determine which City services will be requested to improve the public space on the block. (Requests for City services do not guarantee that they will be approved and/or provided.)
  • Obtain written owner’s permission to improve any private property. (City services will not be available for private property improvement.)
  • Implement the volunteer project between October and December 2012.

Grant recipients must also commit to providing before and after pictures as well as measuring specific impacts, e.g. # of trees planted, # of pounds of trash collected, # of pounds of mulch distributed, square footage of graffiti removed, # of green spaces/gardens created, # of physical resources created, or # of volunteers engaged. Final reports are due by January 25, 2013.

Potential Projects include, but are not limited to:

  • vacant lot clean-up
  • weeding
  • litter removal
  • graffiti removal
  • fence replacement/painting
  • pet waste bag dispenser(s)
  • tree planting (not on City property)
  • community garden development (per City policy)
  • water conservation measures, e.g. installation of low-flow sprinklers
  • energy conservation measures, e.g. installation of motion detector lighting
  • yard sharing (private property only)
  • mural painting (private property only)
  • safety/security lighting/improvements (private property only)

About Chula Vista Serves

Chula Vista Serves is part of a national movement dedicated to promoting service strategies that help solve community challenges through cross-sector collaboration and volunteer engagement. Launched in March 2011, through a grant-funded partnership with Cities of Service, Chula Vista Serves is a campaign supported by the Office of Mayor Cheryl Cox to help address community needs through service. Its primary area of focus is education. For more information about Chula Vista Serves, visit CVServes.org or call 619-691-5175.

About the City of Chula Vista

The City of Chula Vista is located at the center of one of the richest cultural, economic and environmentally diverse zones in the United States. It is the second-largest City in San Diego County with a population of nearly 250,000. Chula Vista boasts more than 50 square miles of coastal landscape, canyons, rolling hills, mountains, and a variety of natural resources and quality infrastructure. Established neighborhoods, contemporary communities, start-up firms, corporations, nationally recognized entertainment venues, the nation’s only warm weather Olympic Training Center, an award winning nature center and a historic downtown all contribute to Chula Vista’s attraction for both families and businesses.

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