DLBA pledges financial support to downtown groups applying for neighborhood grants

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The Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) is offering up to $2,500 to support any established Downtown residential association/neighborhood organization’s application for a Neighborhood Partners Program (NPP) grant that is approved by City Council.

The NPP is funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, which supports neighborhood beautification and improvement projects and encourages productive partnerships with individual neighborhoods to leverage resources and expand opportunities.

“We’re proud to provide support to the various Downtown neighborhood associations and their efforts to beautify our urban center,” said Cory Kristoff, DLBA Board member and Chair of its Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Task Force. “We look forward to collaborating on projects that enhance the attractiveness of the Downtown and recognize the importance of the business community and residents working together for a common purpose,” she stated.

The DLBA is encouraging all Downtown residential organizations and associations to review the application process and identify projects that may be unique to their areas. Past Downtown projects which have received NPP grants include the artistic tree guards located along Alamitos Avenue; painting of traffic control boxes; installing street pole banners and planting trees throughout the Downtown.

The Downtown Residential Council (DRC), a newly formed coalition of volunteers representing neighborhood associations, is helping to communicate this opportunity to all Downtown residential organizations, and along with the DLBA, will offer assistance to complete and submit the applications.

“The DRC is pleased to play an important role in working with the neighborhood associations and supported by the DLBA to create successful beautification programs that enhance our Downtown. We appreciate this creative and generous offer from the business community, through the DLBA, to help the residents work together to improve our neighborhoods,” said Neysa Colizzi, DRC President.

DLBA support is limited to one application per residential association or neighborhood organization and must be submitted to the DLBA office via fax at (562) 437-7850 before February 9 for review by the CIP Task Force.

Applications can be downloaded online at http://www.longbeach.gov/cd/neighborhood_services/ All projects must comply with NPP guidelines and be performed within the business improvement district boundaries, which are from the waterfront to the south, 10th Street to the north, 710 freeway to the west and Alamitos Avenue to the east.

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