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Love Your Block

Love Your Block PHX is a mini-grant program that engages Phoenix community members in revitalizing their neighborhoods, one block at a time. This program is funded by Cities of Service and is supported by the City of Phoenix City Manager's Office, Mayor's Office, and Neighborhood Services Department.

In June of 2015, Cities of Service awarded seven cities with two AmeriCorps VISTA members and $30,000 each to plan and implement the Love Your Block mini-grant program in low-to-mod income neighborhoods over a three-year period. Each year, five neighborhood groups within the Love Your Block initiative boundary are awarded $1,000 to make a change they wish to see in their neighborhood. The program encourages community groups to identify priority projects and develop volunteer-fueled solutions. 

Cities of Service

Founded in September 2009 in New York City by New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and 16 other mayors from across the nation, Cities of Service is a national nonprofit organization that supports mayors and city chief executives in their efforts to engage local communities and residents, identify challenges, and solve problems together. Today, the Cities of Service coalition is comprised of over 215 cities in the US and UK, representing nearly 55 million people in 45 states, and more than 10 million people in the UK. Cities of Service works with cities to build city-led, citizen-powered initiatives that target specific needs, achieve long-term and measurable outcomes, improve the quality of life for residents, and build stronger cities. To find out more about Cities of Service, visit their website, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @CitiesofService

Check out the Love Your Block Phoenix Toolkit for example projects and steps for designing projects to transform your neighborhood. To see the projects awarded last year, check out the Love Your Block Lookbook

Love Your Block ofrece la oportunidad para los residentes a transformar y mejorar sus barrios con voluntariado. Grupos de voluntarios residente en los barrios dentro de los linderos están invitados a solicitar hasta $ 1,000 para ser utilizado para un proyecto. Para ver los proyectos que ganaron el dinero el año pasado, mira este pequeño libro. Este programa se hace posible en colaboración con Cities of Service.


How do you #LoveYourBlock?

Join first year grantees in these 5 community projects that are creating change here in Phoenix, one block at a time.

The second application cycle is closed and will re-open in Fall 2017. Grant winners for the Year 2 cycle will be announced in January. The application for Fall 2017 will be posted here on our website as well as on our social media accounts @loveyrblockPHX.

If you wish to receive email updates about Love Your Block projects and important deadline information for the Fall 2017 application cycle, please go here to subscribe. 

For 2016 applicants: To access your application, follow the link  www.awardalley.com/loveyourblock/2016/phx-mini-grant/ Please use an internet browser other than Internet Explorer (like Chrome or Firefox) to access the application.

Do You Live In The Initiative Boundary?

 

Enter your home address to see if your neighborhood is in the Love Your Block initiative boundary. The boundary is highlighted by the brown area.

¿Ud. vive en el área de iniciativa de Love Your Block? ¡Participe en nuestro mapa virtual! Instrucciónes: Ponga su dirección en la barra de búsqueda abajo para asegurar que su vivienda está localizada en el área iniciativa de Love Your Block. El área iniciativa está marcada en la cuadra marrón.

 
 

The Love Your Block mini-grant program awards up to 5 community groups in our initiative boundary $1,000 each to make a change they wish to see in their neighborhood. In January 2017, we announced 4 mini-grant awardees: Brunson-Lee Neighborhood Partnership, People United Fight Back, Urban Phoenix Project, and Washington Park Neighborhood Association. In addition to our mini-grant, we provide support to other community projects by connecting neighborhood leaders with city resources and local stakeholders.  

 

MINI-GRANT PROJECTS SPRING 2017

 

Urban Phoenix Project

Tree Planting Project

Brunson-Lee Neighborhood Partnership

Community Garden Project

People United Fight Back

Shrub Beautification Project

Washington Park Neighborhood Association

Roving Mural Project


Mini-Grant projects Spring 2016

 

Photo Credit: Helen Stoddard 2/27/16

Community Alliance of seventh avenue - Planter Boxes

Volunteers beautified the Melrose District by installing planter boxes and planting flowers along 7th Avenue. The groups strives to encourage shopping, dining, and recreation along 7th Avenue and the surrounding community. The group aims to make the area an attractive destination for all visitors, residents, and merchants.

 
 
 

GRANT PARK - COMMUNITY butterfly GARDEN

Volunteers enhanced their community garden by repairing their irrigation system, planting fruit trees, and building a monarch butterfly garden. These garden additions will promote healthy eating habits and access to fresh foods and shade. The butterfly garden is in memory of Xavier, a community member and nephew of a gardener. 

Photo Credit: Helen Stoddard 5/28/16

 

Photo Credit:: Helen Stoddard 5/28/16

PASADENA NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION - Little free libraries

Volunteers ensured the Pasadena neighborhood and residents around Phoenix have free access to books by installing a Little Free Library. The library is located between North 13th Ave and W Oregon Ave, Phoenix 85013 and is registered as Charter #37045 http://bit.ly/LvYrBlkLFL. To read the neighborhood leader's story, click below:

 
 
 

TRIANGLE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION - park clean-up & mural

Volunteers beautified their neighborhood and local park (Hu-O-Te Park) by painting a community mural, planting flowers, and cleaning up the adjacent alley. A local muralist, Andy Brown,  assisted the neighborhood in designing a mural to reflect the community's history and inspire neighborhood pride. To read the neighborhood leader's story, click below:

 

Photo Credit: Helen Stoddard 5/1/16

Photo Credit: Helen Stoddard 4/3/16

WOODLEA-MELROSE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION - irrigation box beautification

Volunteers turned their 14 weathered and blighted irrigation boxes into a unique neighborhood feature by painting them a solid color and adding their neighborhood logos.

 

OTHER PROJECTS & Events

 

Medlock Place Neighborhood - alley clean-up

See how this #LYB #AlleyActivation is changing a once blighted alley shared by residents and local merchants into a safe and walkable point of connectivity. Volunteer activities included a chain link fence ribbon mural, painting a tagged wall, and creating a way finding sign.

 

Keep Phoenix Beautiful Grand Canal Community Clean-Up 2015

Phoenix Councilwoman Kate Gallego visits a major community cleanup along a large stretch of the Grand Canal. Volunteer groups planted trees and shrubs, removed trash, and painted a wall mural to promote cultural inclusion.

 

Photo Credit: Alyssa Hagerbrant 11/5/16

Keep Phoenix Beautiful Grand Canal Community Clean-Up 2016

Volunteers came together to beautify a section of the Grand Canal near David Crockett Elementary School. Volunteers picked up trash, removed graffiti, planted trees, repaired the school's field, and installed mountain inspired chain-link fence mural. 

 

Photo Credit: Alyssa Hagerbrant 11/13/16

 

Triangle neighborhood - Tree Planting and Tree Sweaters

Volunteers planted 33 trees along the sidewalks in the Triangle Neighborhood. This community initiative seeks to improve shade, walk ability, neighborhood aesthetics, and resilience to extreme heat. Residents also helped knit tree sweaters during the Grand Avenue Street Festival to welcome the new trees into the neighborhood and draw attention to resiliency one sweater at a time. This project was a collaboration with Love Your Block and Resilience AmeriCorps.

GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT WITH PHOENIX MAYOR GREG STANTON

restoring community in phoenix neighborhoods - CRONKITE NEWS Arizona pbs


grants improve phoenix one block at a Time - CronkITE NEWS ARIZONA PBs & AZ Central

“ 'When you beautify something, people don’t want to deface it. When something is old and dirty and unkempt, and people just ignore it, well then it’s a perfect target.' "

Business Owners, community see possibility in phoenix alleys - KJZZ

"...Cities across the country, and around the world, are trying to make better use of their alleys, and turn them into urban hotspots. And, in Phoenix, where some people see fear and darkness, others see possibility."

'Love Your Block' Mini-grant Program - North Central News

"Love Your Block is a mini-grant program that awards $1,000 to five neighborhood groups in low-to-moderate income areas of phoenix to make the changes they wish to see in their neighborhoods through volunteer-driven revitalization projects."


OUR OFFICE

Love Your Block Phoenix                       Phoenix City Hall                                         200 W. Washington St., fourth floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003


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Phone:      (602) 262-4790                                                (602) 495-7509

Email:  loveyourblock@hpnphx.org

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Meet The Team

 

Alyssa

Hagerbrant


AINE (OR ANNIE)

FITZGERALD COLEMAN

Both are AmeriCorps VISTAs serving until June 2017. They collaborate to develop, market, and administer the Love Your Block Phoenix program, as well as manage budgeting and metrics for the $30,000 grant awarded from Cities of Service to sustain the program.

 

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