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Denver Awards Sustainable Neighborhoods Matching Funds

Denver Environmental Health’s Sustainable Neighborhoods Program (SN) is excited to announce the recipients of the first Sustainable Neighborhoods Matching Fund (SNMF) pilot project.

The SNMF is a matching grant project that offers Denver neighborhood groups with resources and online tools to raise funds for resident-led projects that further enhance the environmental and social strength of their communities. The grant project is an initiative of Denver’s SN Program, which provides support to neighborhoods in order to assist residents in enhancing neighborhood sustainability. Neighborhoods in the certification program earn credits for participation and for achieving project goals.

SN announced the SNMF project in February and proposals were accepted through March 15.

“We are excited to support these neighborhoods as they take on projects to advance energy and water efficiency, healthy food access, and active transportation,” says Taylor Moellers, Sustainable Neighborhoods Program Coordinator.

Four grant awardees were selected from 13 proposals. Awarded funds ranged from $1,100 to $2,500. Grant recipients must match their City funding with cash, donated materials and services, and volunteer hours to complete each project. Organizations will have the option of using ioby, a crowd-resourcing platform, to raise a portion of the project’s community match. On ioby's crowd-resourcing platform, citizen leaders looking to start a project with a measurable community benefit can collect tax-deductible donations, recruit volunteers, and share innovations with a likeminded and local community.

Selected proposals include:

  • $2,500 – Athmar Park Neighborhood Association – “Transform Your Lawn”
  • $2,400 – Baker Historic Neighborhood Association – “Baker Energy Efficiency Rebate Program”
  • $1,100 – Curtis Park Neighbors – “Get Your Move on Curtis Park”
  • $2,500 – Greater Park Hill Community – “Sustainable Gardens Project”

For more information or questions, please contact Taylor Moellers at Taylor.Moellers@denvergov.org or 720-865-5477.

Denver’s Department of Environmental Health became a member of the Sustainable Neighborhood Network in 2013. Denver’s Sustainable Neighborhoods program selected three neighborhoods to participate in the first year, and as of 2016, there are eight active neighborhoods in the program. In the first two years of the program, residents in these neighborhoods led projects and initiatives and organized events and workshops around topics such as energy efficiency, water conservation, gardening, healthy eating and active living, public art and beautification, and more.