NeighborGood — West Side (Special Regional Improvement Grants)

Categories: Neighborhoods, Poverty


To help resident-controlled, neighborhood-based organizations in the City of Rochester involve citizens in improving the quality of life in their neighborhoods.

Typical Grant Size

Neighborhood Associations (maximum grant size is $2,500)
Neighborhood associations have broad missions and broader coverage than block clubs, focus on a wide range of neighborhood issues, and are capable of facilitating activities for smaller groups.

Other Community Groups (maximum grant size is $2,000)
Community groups include the following:

  • Landlord and tenant associations
  • Neighborhood-based business or merchants associations
  • Faith and youth groups that focus on a particular neighborhood

Block Clubs (maximum grant size is $750)
Block clubs are smaller in focus than neighborhood associations, usually organized on one street or block.

Note: Nonprofit organizations that are not neighborhood-based and resident-controlled are not eligible.

Eligibility Criteria

Funds cannot be used for:

  • Neighborhood/Block/Business Association signage
  • Banners
  • Lighting improvement

Application Due Date(s)

The most deadline to submit an application was February 9, 2024 (for Rochester’s West Side).

Future opportunities will be announced in our quarterly e-newsletter, Grant Opportunities. (Click to subscribe.)


Go to our online grant portal to apply.

Notification Date(s)

Decisions will be announced late March 2024.


Nikia Washington
Rochester Area Community Foundation
500 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607-1912

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