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Mini-Grant Applications are due Wednesday, July 31 


For the Community:

The Community Engagement Mini-Grants has proven to be a resounding success, providing funding for community members to pursue their projects with amazing outcomes, all while handling various challenges, building collaboration, and sparking meaningful change that leaves a lasting legacy of progress and inspiration for the future. Click here to see this year's recipients.


Interested in applying? Click here to fill out our interest form! More details on the Community Engagement Mini-Grants are below.


Purpose of these Grants 

These grants are for...  

  • A group of residents…  who want to come together around an issue in their community. 
  • …who want to work together… Our goal is community engagement. 
  • … on a project. including community programming or strengthening (training, classes, events, etc.) or physical improvement projects.


Who can apply?  

Any neighborhood, resident, or community group in the City of Durham, North Carolina may apply.  

Priority Groups:  Priority will be given to applicants from the following groups:   

  • - Underrepresented communities 
  • - First-time grant recipients 
  • - Communities who have held Community Conversations in the last year 

See the Grant Guidelines for more details.


What can you apply for?  

The focus of these grants is engaging with the community. Below are some grant categories. See the Grant Guidelines for more details and project examples.  

Physical Improvement  

  • - Projects that enhance and/or beautify the community (Physical improvement projects require written permission from the property owner.) 

Community Strengthening & Cohesion   

  • - Projects that help expand active engagement in the community  
  • - Projects to prepare and support communities to become more active, organized and stronger 

Community Programming  

  • - Projects that provide resources, activities and other support to community members, including seniors, youth, low-income residents and families, and those with limited English proficiency   
  • - Programming may include sharing and learning about cultures, promoting public safety and security, and promoting wellness and healthy living


How much are the grants?  

Grants may be awarded up to $5,000.

  • - First-Time Applicants and Communities that haven’t received a Neighborhood Matching Grant: We recommend these communities' request no more than $2,500. 
  • - Past grant recipients with successful projects and complete reporting may request up to $5,000. 

Note: If you are unable to respond to this deadline and/or are not chosen during this round, there will be another opportunity for funding in 2024. 


How to Apply 

  1. Review the Grant Guidelines to determine if your organization and project are eligible.  
  2. Prepare your application. (See the Grant Guidelines to help draft your answers.) 
  3. Submit the online application form by Wednesday, July 31 at 11:59pm.  


For more information or if interested in applying, fill out our interest form.


    • - View the recording of the Interest Session, which will be available on our website on Aug. 11. 
    • - Contact your District Community Engagement Strategist to see if the grants are a good fit. (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)


  • See examples of past projects here.

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  • John Goebel
    commented 2020-01-08 15:48:18 -0500
    This is a great program for projects that have a real impact of neighborhoods and areas shared by multiple neighborhood. John – Sandy Creek Park
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    Neighborhood Matching Grant
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