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Grants offer help for neighborhoods

November 10, 2011

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City officials say they want to hear from community groups looking to improve Lowell’s neighborhoods, since they have a new funding initiative in place to support their efforts. The Neighborhood Innovation Grant Program will provide up to $1,500 per project, drawing from money the city receives through federal Community Development Block Grants program. It will fund small-scale efforts aimed at creating cleaner, safer, and more vibrant neighborhoods. Eligible projects must show a collaboration between two or more community organizations, and must benefit the community as a whole, according to the city’s announcement on the grants. Area organizers are already working on proposals to beautify parks, hold cultural events, and promote urban gardening. Letters of interest for the new program are due Dec. 15. For more details, visit www.lowellma.gov, and click on the News link detailing the neighborhood innovation grants. - Karen Sackowitz