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The 2023 Neighborhood Improvement Grant Program

Program Announcement

The City of Fort Wayne’s Community Development Division announces that the 2023 Neighborhood Improvement Grant program is open and accepting applications thru March 17, 2023. This is the sixth consecutive year for the program, designed to support neighborhood projects by beautifying public spaces and strengthening community identity. The program requires neighborhood leadership to engage their neighbors in discovering what the neighborhood would like to see improved. Each year, the funded projects work to enhance the aesthetics and increase civic pride in neighborhoods throughout the community.

Any Fort Wayne neighborhood association registered with the City can apply for the Neighborhood Improvement Grant with a maximum grant amount of $5,000. Examples of projects include (but are not limited to) community gardens, improvements to community spaces, benches, public art, park improvements, and signage. Expenses such as routine maintenance, social events, or operating expenses are not eligible.

Grant proposals will be evaluated and scored based on grant criteria and available funding. For additional information, see the Grant Application and FAQ below. 


Grant Application

Please complete all questions in the Grant Application and submit it to Bernadette Fellows no later than Friday, March 17th at 5:00 PM E.S.T. Within two business days, applicants will receive a confirmation that the application has been received. 


Applications must be submitted through e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by Mail to 200 East Berry Street, Suite 320, Fort Wayne IN 46802. All applications must be submitted using the approved application format which has a limited word count and asks specific questions. Separate non-approved word documents, PDFs, and narratives will not be accepted. 


Important Review Files



Grant Manager Contact

Bernadette Fellows, Neighborhood Grant Manager/Community Engagement Planner
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