Cities can get funding for development, beautification, and other public service projects from sources other than revenue sources. Cities may get federal funding to assist in redevelopment projects and rehabilitation programs without dipping into their own budget which may then be spent for public and social services programs.
Urban Community Development Block Grants
This grant program is administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. It is a federal program enacted into law by Congress in 1974 that aims to help cities and local communities in their programs on rehabilitation and urban development, as well as upgrading public services.
- Entitlement Communities Grants – It is a grant program administered under the Community Development Block Grants. The grant is intended to medium and large cities and focused on public services that will provide assistance to low income and moderate income families. To be eligible for funding, applicant cities must have a population of more than 50,000. Funding may be spent for the improvement of infrastructures, rehabilitation of housing projects, upgrade of energy efficiency, and acquiring properties for community development.
Small Cities Grant Program
This is a federal grant to cities that is allocated to and administered by the state governments. The grant money is intended to finance the development of local communities. The grant program has the same objective with the Entitlement Communities Grant; it aims to improve the lives of people living in moderate and low-income communities. States that receive the grant money are required to set up their policies and objectives that serve as guide in the allocation of the grant money to the local communities.
Neighborhood Stabilization Program
Congress passed a law that led to the creation of the NSP as a response to the economic downturn that started in 2008. The law requires that 25 percent of the grant money coming from NSP must be used for the purchase and rehabilitation of foreclosed houses. This is a response to the housing mortgage crisis.
Keep San Jose Beautiful
It is an example of a community wide project that provides funding for beautification projects sponsored by neighborhood associations, schools, and nonprofit organizations. Projects that are funded by the program must be involved in landscaping that uses trees and ornamental plants, fountains, and plant boxes along walkways, and parks. Grant money may range from $500 to $3,500 and are given two times in a year but applicant organizations are required to match the grant dollar for dollar. Information about the grant may be obtained from:
Keep San Jose Beautiful
1601 Foxworthy Avenue
San Jose, CA 95118