Mayor Don Wesely and the Parks and Recreation Department today awarded 11 neighborhood associations and community organizations with grants for park projects through the city's Self-Help Program.
"This grant program is a way the city can partner with citizens to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods," Mayor Wesely said. "The numerous requests for funding is evidence of the strong interest and support in improving Lincoln's parks."
Over $100,000 in project requests were submitted for the $60,000 available through the Self-Help Program this year. Projects were evaluated based on geographic distribution, neighborhood support demonstrated through commitments for volunteer labor and/or financial support and consistency with park plans.
Self-Help Program award winners for 2000 projects are:
The Self-Help Program is funded through city general tax revenues and is approved by the City Council each year as part of the city budget process. Typically, equipment and materials are supplied through the program, with installation provided by volunteers. On occasion, a group will raise funds and hire a contractor to complete installation of the project. These projects must be constructed on publicly-owned property or involve programs available to the general public.
A meeting is conducted in September of each year to share information about the Self-Help Program and to provide assistance in project planning and funding proposal development. Applications are then submitted in October for review and prioritization. Projects will be constructed during the spring and summer months.