Registered neighborhood groups are invited to participate in a new neighborhood revitalization program, Love Your Block, Cities of Service’s tested, high-impact service strategy, in which the mayor’s office engages community members in revitalizing their neighborhoods, one block at a time. Cities of Service provides funding for Tulsa’s Love Your Block program as part of a larger partnership with the City.
Grants of up to $1,000 are available to support revitalization projects that reduce blight in neighborhoods. Neighborhood groups must be registered with the city to be eligible, and representatives are invited to attend a Love Your Block application workshop on Nov. 7.
The Working in Neighborhoods Department will send workshop invitations to registered neighborhood groups by email and make an announcement in the bi-weekly e-newsletter. Applications are due Dec. 15 and awards will be announced on Jan. 23, 2018. Criteria for the awards will be provided upon request by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-596-1292.
Love Your Block is part of a larger initiative entitled Serve Tulsans, also funded through its partnership with Cities of Service. Serve Tulsans is an umbrella program that encompasses the Love Your Block mini-grants and a home weather and efficiency resilience program. The Home Resilience program will be operated in tandem with the City’s existing home rehabilitation program for low-income residents based on existing need and applications already received.
A Serve Tulsans volunteer registration website, subsidized by Cities of Service, will be launched in January. Volunteers will be matched to public and private projects and notified when a service project is in need of assistance. Volunteers will be connected to opportunities based on their availability, passion, and skills. The site will be used to track volunteer hours. More information on the volunteer registration website will be available prior to January at cityoftulsa.org
About Cities of Service
Cities of Service is an independent nonprofit organization that helps mayors and city leaders tap the knowledge, creativity, and service of citizens to solve public problems and create vibrant cities. We work with cities to build city-led, citizen-powered initiatives that target specific needs, achieve long-term and measurable outcomes, improve the quality of life for residents, and build stronger cities. Founded in 2009 by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Cities of Service supports a coalition of more than 235 cities, representing nearly 55 million people in the U.S. and more than 10 million people in the U.K. Visit at citiesofservice.org or follow Twitter @citiesofservice.