The Neighborhood Activation Program (NAP) is distributing $2.15 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding through $20,000 - $200,000 grants to nonprofits, community-based organizations, and small businesses to implement projects that reactivate neighborhoods and business corridors. Funded projects will increase economic activity by encouraging people to eat/shop locally and thus, boost small business revenue and increase their foot traffic.
Activation projects can be events or beautification projects that drive increased foot traffic and economic activity in business corridors:
Neighborhood Activation Events: any events, workshops, performances, walking tours, festivals, block parties, 5k races or walks, community engagement activities, etc.
Neighborhood Activation Beautification Projects: any placemaking or physical improvements such as public art exhibitions, landscaping, patio expansion, business wayfinding, points of sales upgrades, banners, lighting, accessibility improvements, etc.
The NAP is a being implemented in partnership with NEWSED Community Development Corporation, a local nonprofit organization focused on solving long-term economic problems in disadvantaged communities.