Sunday Jan 29, 2023

Neighborhood Beautification Program FAQs – City of Detroit


1.    What is the Neighborhood Beautification Program (NBP)?

The Neighborhood Beautification Program is a mini grant program designed to fund 501(c)3 non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, block clubs, faith-based, and nonprofit community-based in the city of Detroit to implement land-based projects that repurpose or beautify vacant lots in neighborhoods. Projects fall under three categories: Clean-Up Activities, Community Gardens, and Public Space Activities.

2.    How do I register for the Department of Neighborhoods (DONs) to start a block club?

HOW TO GET STARTED – Contact your neighborhood District Manager’s district office in-person to turn in your block club application form or request an application.  Instructions…

3.    Whose information should I provide in the User Information and Organization Information section?

The information in both the user information and organization information sections should reflect who is filling out the application. This will be the main contact person to whom the Program Administrator or HRD will contact for any questions or issues during the application review process. It will also be the person who will be notified of their grant award status, and who will be awarded.

4.    How do I apply for the NBP Mini-Grants?
Follow these steps to apply:

  • Log in or create an account on the online system here.
  • To start your application, click Apply on the top of the screen. A grant titled “Neighborhood Beautification Mini Grant Program” will appear. Click Apply to begin your application.
  • Once you have completed the application, click Submit Form. If you do not click Submit Form, you will not have applied. You will be directed to a confirmation screen upon submitting.

5.    What documents should I present as the Fiscal agents?  Fiscal agents should be prepared to provide the following financial documents for their organization:

  • 501 (c)(3) letter issued by the IRS
  • A List of the Board of Directors
  • Annual organization budget for Fiscal Year 2021
  • An Audit for Fiscal Year 2021 OR a Balance Sheet & Profit and Loss Statement for Fiscal Year 2021.
  • Certification of Good Standing
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • 2021-2022 Michigan Annual Nonprofit Report

6.    I am a nonprofit organization that is acting as a fiscal agent for this grant award, but aside from accepting the grant funds, I will not participate in the project. Do I also need to register with the DONs?  

No, if an organization is functioning solely as the fiscal agent for the grant award and will not participate in any of the programming activities, they do not need to register with the DONs. But the applicant will need to list the fiscal agent on their grant application and be prepared to submit financial documents on their behalf.

7.    My project involves several entities, who would be receiving the grant funds? Which entity should be the one to complete the application?
Although the project involves several entities, the application should be completed and submitted by the organization implementing the project. If the organization is not a non-profit, the fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)3 should complete the application. Partner acting as the fiscal agent for grant funds should they be awarded
8.    I am a school/school district. Can I partner with a non-profit in my community?



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