Applications open for Neighborhood IGNITE Grant Program in South Bend

City of South Bend

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The City of South Bend announced the launch of the 2024 Neighborhood IGNITE Grant Program, with applications open as of Monday, June 10.

IGNITE, or Innovation Grants for Neighborhood Inspiration, Transformation, and Enhancement, is a program that can provide up to $15,000 for neighborhood associations to jumpstart programs that positively impact their community.

City officials say a new option has been added where two neighborhoods may now apply jointly to receive up to $30,000 to do one collaborative project.

Part of the program's goal is to improve South Bend neighborhoods with projects that spark community engagement led by neighborhood residents.

“Providing resources to neighborhood associations enables residents to participate in grassroots changes that impact safety and beautification,” said Mary McAfee, Director of Engagement and Economic Empowerment. “We’re looking forward to new ideas in 2024 and supporting neighborhood leaders as they bring them to fruition.”

City officials state, while preference will be given to neighborhood associations that didn't receive a grant in 2022 and 2023, all active neighborhood associations are encouraged to learn more and apply here.

One-on-one meeting with an IGNITE Project manager can be scheduled between June 17 and 19.

The closing date for applications is July 12.

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