Neighborhood Matching Grants

What Is the Neighborhood Matching Grants Program?
The Neighborhood Matching Grants (NMG) program awards matching funds to eligible neighborhood-based organizations to help make Durham’s neighborhoods better places to live, work and play. The Durham City Council approved this new initiative for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Each applicant may request up to $2,500 in matching funds.

Through Neighborhood Matching Grants, the City will fund projects, planned and implemented by residents, which will improve the livability of neighborhoods. Neighborhoods will also match City funds through volunteer labor, professional services, material donations, and/or cash.

The program’s purpose is to build neighborhood pride and resident involvement to …
  • Leverage resident involvement and resources 
  • Develop and enhance community and City partnerships
  • Empowering neighborhoods to solve local problems
Next Deadline: January 31, 2017
Check back in December to access the online application.  To prepare for this application, use the paper version (link below).

How Do We Apply? 
  1. Review the NMG guidelines to determine if your organization and project are eligible. 
  2. Prepare your application. For convenience, here is a paper version of the application (including the project budget template).
  3. Submit the application.  Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. 
How Do We Learn More? 
If you are interested in applying for an NMG, we recommend the following actions: 
  1. Complete this interest form to tell us a little about yourself, your neighborhood and the project you are considering. 
  2. Attend an information session
  • Wednesday, November 30, 6 p.m.- Holton Career and Resource Center, Senior Room, 401 North Driver Street
  • Thursday, December 8, 2 p.m. - Southwest Library, Room B, 3605 Shannon Road
  • Thursday, December 8, 6 p.m.- South Regional Library, Left Side, 4505 S. Alston Avenue
  • Monday, January 9, 5 p.m. - North Regional Library, Left Side, 221 Milton Road
Contact Community Engagement if you need help or have any comments or questions.
Application Step
1st Round of FY2016-17
2nd Round of FY2016-17
Grant cycle opens
July 12
January 1
Application Due
August 22
January 31
Funding decision
Last week of August
Last week of February
Grant agreements
Last week of August
Last week of February
Neighborhoods implement projects
September - November
September - November
Grant reports due
Project presentation & celebration