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Strengthen Community Gardens, Neighborhood Centers and Other Neighborhood Focal Points
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These activities promote the delivery and coordination of neighborhood-based services through the operating support of such focal points as community gardens or facilities shared by several agencies and which focus on human and recreational services to neighborhood residents. These include basic and core support operating costs for neighborhood centers or the promotion of space and programming by outside groups within select neighborhoods. These activities also support "self-help" programs which are designed to assist lower income households in meeting their basic needs (such as food, clothing, services and family support) and include such activities as a community garden development program. These activities address Objective G in the Five-Year Plan and generally benefit all residents within the service areas of each center.
Activities must demonstrate:
coordination with other community groups and the support and participation of neighborhood residents; and
that their service area contains a minimum of 51% lower income individuals, or that at least 51% of their participants are lower income individuals.
The 2005 objective is to create 1,250 to 10,000 hours of programming within each of the nine service areas (depending upon the size of the service area).
For information on how to submit a proposal in this category, click here.
The Commission will give preference to funding centers in a manner that recognizes the importance of ensuring the stability of centers while still recognizing that over time the needs change in a neighborhood.
Each assisted neighborhood center shall be required to adopt a policy to encourage resident participation in its major policy-making and operational decisions, such as representation on the Board of Directors, involvement in a center's program planning committee, participation in a center's hiring committee or the use of customer feedback surveys. The CD Office shall review these activities with each center as part of its biennial assessment, and the CDBG Commission shall consider the quality of the resident participation and center user satisfaction in recommending funding for the centers.
Ongoing / currently funded activities in this category include:
Atwood Community Center: Facility Use
Boys and Girls Club of Dane County: Allied Core Center Services
Boys and Girls Club of Dane County: BGC Core Center Services
Community Action Coalition: Community Gardens
East Madison Community Center: Facility Use
Friends of Wil-Mar: Wil-Mar Core Center Services
Neighborhood House: Facility Use
Vera Court Neighborhood Center: Bridge/Lake Point Facility Use
Vera Court Neighborhood Center: Vera Court Core Center Services
Wexford Ridge Community Center: Facility Use