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2023 Neighborhood Improvement Grant Program Recipients


2023 Neighborhood Improvement Grant Map by Council District


Aboite Lakes – Continue the improvements to the neighborhood entrance with the addition of new signage lighting

  • Grant amount: $4,500.00

Beckett’s Run – Increase pedestrian activity throughout the neighborhood with the addition of walking paths

  • Grant amount: $5,000.00

Bloomingdale – Incorporate the new Bloomingdale Neighborhood logo through the addition of decorative light pole signs and a new traffic box signal wrap at a primary intersection

  • Grant amount: $4,836.00

Bluewater Estates – Improve the neighborhood entrance and restore the landmark lighthouse at the entryway

  • Grant amount: $3,500.00

Covington Chase – Install native bush and landscaping at the entrance

  • Grant amount: $1,330.00

Covington Pointe – Redesign and replace landscaping around the Covington Road entrance to the neighborhood to improve the line of sight and increase neighborhood safety for residents

  • Grant amount: $4,078.07

Covington Reserve Phase I&II – Replace trees that were lost in the Summer 2022 derecho at the neighborhood entrance

  • Grant amount: $5,000.00

Creighton Home – Replace non-native species plants with native plants to fill in neighborhood parks

  • Grant amount: $5,000.00

Deerfield Estates – Improve the neighborhood entrance by adding lights, replacing brick, and updating the neighborhood signage

  • Grant amount: $5,000.00

Forest Park Boulevard – Enhance neighborhood beauty with the addition of landscaping at the four existing stone entryways on State Boulevard

  • Grant amount: $4,000.00

Glens of Liberty Mills – Improve the neighborhood common space, replacing existing trees and benches with new material

  • Grant amount: $5,000.00

Hamlets West – Replace existing landscaping at the neighborhood entrance with native plants

  • Grant amount: $5,000.00

Harrison Hill – Increase the neighborhood tree canopy by planting new street trees and native plants in the boulevard park strip

  • Grant Amount: $3,060.00

Harvester – Enhancing pedestrian safety for neighborhood children by painting creative artistic crosswalks connecting students at key intersections to Adams Elementary School, in addition to renovating the Harvester Neighborhood sign

  • Grant amount: $4,834.21

Hearthstone Village – Incorporating improvements for the neighborhood’s four-legged friends with the addition of doggy spot stations, in addition to new trash receptacles in the neighborhood common area

  • Grant amount: $4,229.00

Hickory Hill – Replace the existing neighborhood entrance sign

  • Grant amount: $4,459.40

Historic Oakdale - Install new decorative light pole metal signs promoting neighborhood identity

  • Grant amount: $4,988.45

Historic South Wayne – Increase the neighborhood tree canopy by planting new street trees

  • Grant amount: $5,000.00

Historic Southwood Park – Improve the neighborhood boulevard park strip on South Arlington by adding a new bench and landscape area

  • Grant amount: $2,207.76

Hoevelwood – Develop and implement a home security and beautification program in the neighborhood

  • Grant amount: $3,000.00

Imperial Swathmore Civic – Remove an existing tree, shrubs, bush, and shed in the common area, and replace them with grass to improve visibility and safety

  • Grant amount: $5,000.00

Kensington Downs – Enhance the neighborhood entrance by replacing existing landscaping

  • Grant amount: $4,785.00

LaCabreah – Continue the existing neighborhood entrance landscaping project and add rocks around retention pond

  • Grant amount: $5,000.00

LaRez – Replace the existing outdated neighborhood marker on South Clinton to incorporate new identity and logo

  • $4,650.00

Laurel Ridge – Replace existing ash trees in the neighborhood with new trees to improve neighborhood beauty

  • Grant amount: $4,500.00

Ludwig Park – Increasing safety on Sharon Drive by incorporating two new lighted stop signs to warn drivers of a major intersection. The neighborhood will also include landscaping at both neighborhood entrances

  • Grant amount: $5,000.00

Maplewood Community – Install new neighborhood benches at the future Sheldon Park location in the neighborhood

  • Grant amount: $4,565.91

North Anthony – Create a space for neighborhood families to gather with the addition of a public chess table

  • Grant amount: $4,813.00

Oak Borough – Enhance safety for neighborhood residents with the addition of lighting in both the common area and wooded trails

  • Grant amount: $5,000.00

Oxford – The historic neighborhood gateway pillars on the Hanna Street Trail need to be repaired for safety

  • Grant amount: $5,000.00

Pine Valley Community – Continue with the successful transformation of existing common space to the Traders Park Nature Preserve including the development of a rain garden

  • Grant amount: $5,000.00

Sandy Pointe Estates – Replace existing deteriorating street signs on key neighborhood streets

  • Grant amount: $4,850.00

Shannonside – Improve existing neighborhood playground and park areas, and add new benches

  • Grant amount: $5,000.00

Mystic Woods – Improve the neighborhood gateway with new landscaping

  • Grant amount: $4,434.00

Spy Run – Improve and enhance the neighborhood aesthetics through alley activation and the development of a new composting education program

  • Grant amount: $2,600.00

Tamarack – Enhance neighborhood gateway through the addition of new landscaping features

  • Grant amount: $4,368.55

Tanbark Trail – Improve resident gathering spaces by rebuilding the neighborhood pavilion

  • Grant amount: $2,616.25

Trier Ridge Park – Remove the existing dead tree at the neighborhood entrance and replace and improve gateway landscaping

  • Grant amount: $2,500.00

Village of Buckingham – Incorporate new neighborhood gateway landscaping at Buckhurst Run Boulevard

  • Grant amount: $5,000.00

Villas of LaCabreah – Enhance the entrance to the neighborhood with the addition of trees, bushes, and additional landscape elements

  • Grant amount: $4,675.00

Villas of Rock Creek – Remove and replace fallen deciduous and evergreen trees in the neighborhood

  • Grant amount: $5,000.00

Westchester Glens – Replace trees that were lost in the Summer 2022 derecho at the neighborhood entrance

  • Grant amount: $3,885.00

Westwood North – Provide community gathering space in the neighborhood with the installation of a new concrete pad and pavilion near the community pond

  • Grant amount: $5,000.00

Wildwood Park – Restore the existing historic lamp posts in the neighborhood to extend service life and improve neighborhood safety

  • Grant amount: $5,000.00

Williams Woodland Park – Replacing existing neighborhood signage and adding new signage on primary streets to enhance neighborhood identity

  • Grant amount: $5,000.00

Winterset – Improving the neighborhood entrances with new landscaping and other improvements

  • Grant amount: $3,500.00

Woodhurst Community – Replace the existing neighborhood signage that needs repaired

  • Grant amount: $5,000.00

Program Announcement

The City of Fort Wayne’s Community Development Division continues with another year of significant neighborhood investment with the successful Neighborhood Improvement Grant program. The program is 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. 

Grant Application

Grant applications for the 2023 calendar year are now closed. Please check back for future opportunities.

Vendor Payment and Neighborhood Reimbursement Process

Direct Payment to Vendors that were approved in the Executed Grant Agreement

  • Neighborhood please alert the Grant administrator of the project phase/ vendor completion. 
  • Make sure the invoice is addressed to the City of Fort Wayne and does not contain sales tax. The Grant administrator can send the vendor the City’s Tax exemption form upon request. 
  • Take photos of the completed work
  • Send the photos of the completed work and the invoice to the Grant Administrator
  • All vendors must submit a W-9 to the City, if the vendor is a current City vendor, this step can be waived. 
  • Once the w-9 has been received/verified, the payment will be processed, please allow 2 weeks for the payment to get to the vendor via mail. 

Reimbursement Process for items that were listed and approved in the Executed Grant Agreement

  • Neighborhood please alert the Grant administrator of the project phase/completion.
  • Complete a reimbursement invoice form linked here.
    Provide proof of purchase for the items from the approved vendor that was listed in the Executed grant agreement. Include photos of the items if possible (photos will be required at the end of the project.
  • All neighborhoods seeking reimbursement must submit a W-9 to the City, or if the neighborhood has received a grant in the past and has a W9 on file with the City, the neighborhood can verify their information is the same, instead of submitting a new W9.
  • Once all documents (proof of payment, invoice for reimbursement, and W9 have been received/verified, the payment will be processed, please allow 2 weeks for the payment to get to the location listed on your W9 form via mail. 

Grant Manager Contact

Bernadette Fellows, Neighborhood Grant Manager/Community Engagement Planner
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