Keep LA Beautiful Community Grants Program
LOS ANGELES – Most people who live in Los Angeles have a pet peeve. Maybe it’s an overgrown median that they drive every day to get to work. Maybe it’s a sidewalk littered with trash or a graffiti-covered wall laden with profanity. Even for those who love the city, some parts of LA are just plain ugly.
So a new community grants program is hoping to clean things up. Funded by Keep Los Angeles Beautiful, a volunteer organization run by the city’s Office of Community Beautification, the new grants will be made available to community groups with ideas to make Los Angeles’ public spaces cleaner, greener, and more. more attractive.
“LA is a big city and a very diverse city in many ways, but one thing we hear no matter what part of the city you find yourself in is that we all want a clean and beautiful environment in which to live, work. and play, ”said Community Beautification Office director Paul Racs at the city’s third annual beautification conference on Tuesday.
It has been eight years since the city funded such projects through what was then called the neighborhood matching fund. Through this program, the city has funded more than 1,100 rigid landscape beautification projects ranging from decorative tree well covers and street furniture to community gardens, statues, signs – “just about anything. a community was considering in terms of some type of project to improve their local neighborhood, ”Racs said.
The new program will award grants of up to $ 2,500 to 15 community groups this fiscal year, with a further round of grants and funds made available in 2022. Eligible groups can be as informal as two people representing one. neighborhood or as large as the country. recognized non-profit. They include neighborhood block groups, homeowners associations, business improvement districts, chambers of commerce, and neighborhood council beautification committees.
Individuals, sole proprietorships, municipal departments, political groups, religious institutions and private school administrations are not eligible.
The sites proposed for beautification must be located within the city limits of Los Angeles and be accessible to the public. Street medians, sidewalks, boardwalks, library properties, and public school campuses are all fair games for projects as diverse as landscaping, neighborhood markets, tree plantations, murals, benches, signs, garbage cans and gardens.
The Community Beautification Office will help acquire and pay for permits for projects to be carried out on public property, which will allow the full amount of the grant to go towards the project itself, Racs said. Projects that would take place on school property would require permission from the school, while those designed for private property would require permission from the owner.
The Office of Community Beautification seeks to allocate 33% of its accepted proposals to communities in need, as defined by SB 535 – the California law of 2012 requiring that 25% of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund revenue of the State are allocated to projects benefiting the disadvantaged. communities – as well as AB 1550, the 2016 law that directs 25% of climate investments to low-income households and communities.
Community beautification proposals will be evaluated based on the thought process that took place in the chosen location, their maintenance plans and what the community group plans to build. Groups whose proposals are accepted are expected to provide a 25% matching fund, which could include the value of discounts and donations of materials as well as volunteer time valued at $ 27.20 per hour.
The Office of Community Beautification is accepting applications for the first round of Community Beautification Grants until June 30. Grant applications can be downloaded from www.laocb.org and submitted by email to [email protected]