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City Initiative Helps Residents Beautify Their Block

Brooklynites who want to improve the look of their neighborhood can apply for a grant and assistance
Bed-Stuy Block, BK Reader
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Citizens Committee for New York City is encouraging resident-led groups to join the "2019 Love Your Block" initiative for a chance to win a $1,000 grant, project management support and city agency services to address community concerns.

"Love Your Block is about partnering with residents and giving them the support and resources to become neighborhood change agents," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "Building a healthier democracy means engaging our residents in opportunities to make a difference in the life of their community, so I encourage every resident-led group to apply and propose community solutions that will help us continue to build thriving neighborhoods."

The committee will select a total of 25 groups. Applications should highlight how the project will transform public spaces, engage residents to be change makers in their neighborhoods and contribute to building stronger communities.

In addition to the grant, "Love Your Block" winners will receive support from the Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Sanitation and the Department of Transportation. City agency services include pest control and removal; tree stewardship workshops; graffiti removal; repair of and installation of street signs and street lights; traffic safety surveys; and installation of bicycle racks, speed bumps and more.

All participating groups must be volunteer-led -- without paid staff, -- demonstrate the ability to mobilize a minimum of 20 volunteers and work with two out of the four city agency partners for services.

"Love Your Block is an exciting initiative that has borne out community-driven ventures that have made a lasting impact on many of Brooklyn's diverse communities," said Borough President Eric Adams. "I encourage Brooklynites to get involved and apply for one of these grants so that our communities are improved for future generations."

The 2019 Love Your Block application can be found at; the committee is accepting proposals through Wednesday, November 7. Interested participants can attend a "Love Your Block" information session on October 16 or October 23 from 6:00pm - 7:30pm. For more information or to RSVP, contact or call (212) 822-9579.