Community Challenge Grants
Community Challenge grants may be used to improve neighborhoods.
We've summarized 3 key requirements for funding below. This is a summary and doesn't replace the detailed requirements in the application and contract agreement.
3 main requirements for applying
1. Your organization is a nonprofit.
We only give grants to vendor-approved nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) status. Local community groups, businesses, or schools applying for a grant must have a nonprofit fiscal sponsor.
The grant contractor must be a City supplier. Get more information on becoming a supplier.
2. The project will physically improve your neighborhood.
Here are some examples of projects we support:
- Improving green spaces, like gardens, sidewalk gardens, medians, landscaping, tree planting, or urban agriculture
- Creating or restoring community gathering places, like mini parks, parklets, plazas, open spaces, or trail restoration
- Installing public art, like murals, new media art, or mosaics
- Adding features like community lighting, benches, bike racks, or neighborhood activation initiatives
- Street maintenance that focus on cleaning up graffiti or trash
- Stewardship programs that support previously funded CCG projects
3. The community will contribute to the project.
The community must match at least 35% of the budget you apply for. The match can be in cash, volunteer labor (valued at $25/hr), donated materials or supplies, or services.
Budget range: $15,000 to $175,000
Contract period: 9 to 12 months
Match requirement: 35% of the project budget