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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, neighborhood groups within the City of Phoenix 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. 

After the third year of the pilot program, the City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services department is now permanently housing the program, with funding from the Phoenix Industrial Development Authority the Love Your Block mini-grant program will continue to provide a way for Phoenix residents to love their block.

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 awarded projects from past years, check out the Year 1 Look Book, Year 2 Look Book, and Year 3 Look Book.

Love Your Block ofrece la oportunidad para residentes de transformar y mejorar sus vecindarios. Grupos organizados en vecindarios están invitados a solicitar hasta $ 1,000 para un proyecto. Para ver los proyectos que ganaron el dinero el año pasado, mira ests libros pequenos (año 1, año 2, y año 3. Este programa se hace posible en colaboración con Phoenix Industrial Development Authority. 


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 Fall 2018 application cycle is now open, click to apply. We encourage groups to apply early and the Love Your Block coordinator can provide you with technical assistance. Deadline for all applications will be November 30, 2018. Watch this tutorial video on the Love Your Block mini-grant for more information.

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The Love Your Block mini-grant program awards community groups $1,000 each to make a change they wish to see in their neighborhood. In addition to our mini-grant, we provide support to other community projects by connecting neighborhood leaders with city resources and local stakeholders.  



Woodlea Melrose neighborhood - Community tool lending library and little free library

Volunteers provided resources to the Woodlea Melrose neighborhood by putting together a community tool lending library and a Little Free Library. The residents now have regular and free access to over 200 tools, fostering neighbor-to-neighbor relationship building and the overall maintenance of the community.


Creighton square neighborhood - Community Mural

Volunteers beautified their school and neighborhood by painting a community mural at Creighton Elementary School. The project strengthened the partnership between the school and surrounding neighborhood and provided and opportunity for service learning and student leadership.


Sidney P. Osborn community - community garden

Volunteers beautified the Sidney P. Osborn area by installing planter boxes and planting produce. Located in a food desert, the project encouraged neighborhood volunteers in one of the city’s oldest public housing communities to learn about healthy food with on-site courses led by the University of Arizona.




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.



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


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 To read the neighborhood leader's story, click below:



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


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.




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.

love Your Block PHX on Channel 3&5 #azfamily

LOVE your block now covers all phoenix - Phoenix republic

"Most exciting about the 2017 grant cylce is that this year, applications are being accepted from all over the city. The application is now available." 

Apply now for project mini-grants - north Central news

"City neighborhood leaders who have projects that need some funds to complete, be advised: the city of Phoenix’s Love Your Block grant application window opens on Sept. 1."

            GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT                         WITH PHOENIX                 MAYOR GREG STANTON

Want to plant trees but don't know where to start?

Love Your Block has created your very own tree planting guide so you and your neighborhood can streamline the process. Download the Tree Shade Blueprint.

Interested in applying but not where sure where to start? 

Take a look at the Toolkit for a guide and project ideas! 

Take a look at the tools provided through the Neighborhood Services Tool Lending Program. 

Follow this link for the Low-to-moderate income census tract map: 

Phoenix 2014 Low/Mod Income Census Tracts and Block Groups

Note: The grey marks low-to-moderate income areas as recognized by the City, State, and Federal government 

Search the interactive Low-to-Moderate Income Census Tracts map. Addresses within the blue shaded areas are considered low-mod income. 


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

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Meet The Coordinator


Ashley Henderson

A HandsOn AmeriCorps VISTA Member serving until September 2019 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.