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Love Your Block

Love Your Block – Mini-Grant Initiative


On July 16, 2018, Cities of Service (CoS) announced that the City of Richmond selected as one of ten cities to be awarded a $25,000 Love Your Block grant. Love Your Block is a tested, high-impact service strategy supported by the Mayor’s office which engages community members in revitalizing their neighborhoods one block at a time.

In addition to the grant funds awarded by CoS, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has provided the City of Richmond’s Office on Volunteerism (Neighbor-To-Neighbor) has also be provided with two AmeriCorps VISTA members for one year to help carry out current and expanded programs that help alleviate blight. As an AmeriCorps VISTA program, this grant requires that the initiative target low-income communities, specifically neighborhoods that are lower than the Census Bureau’ s average median household income of the city.

Click here for the press release.

Should your nonprofit agency, faith-based organization, or civic association desire to pursue this impactful grant opportunity, please download the application here and download the waiver here.


In January 2012, the City of Richmond’s Office on Volunteerism (Neighbor-To-Neighbor) was awarded a $10,000 grant from Service Nation, in partnership with the Home Depot Foundation, in the form of Home-Depot gift cards toward the implementation of a Love Your Block Program Some of the goals of this mini-grant program are to help create unique and inclusive communities and improve community safety, with a focus on sustainability the natural environment. With this initial grant, Neighbor-To-Neighbor (N2N) funded eighteen different community-based organizations from January 2012 through April 2016, providing competitive mini-grants up to $500.00 to neighborhood groups for the purchase of supplies needed for their local projects.

Since the Fall of 2016, N2N has provided LYB mini-grants (up to $250.00) to local organizations that successfully qualify. This mini-grant initiative is open to civic associations, nonprofit organizations, faith groups, and other recognized groups that have missions to improve neighborhoods by way of service.

N2N Participation & Service

  • 2019

- Cycle XIV - January 31, 2019

  • 2018

- Cycle XIII - August 17, 2018

- Cycle XII - March 16, 2018

  • 2017

- Cycle XI - August 18, 2017

- Cycle X - March 17, 2017

  • 2016

- Cycle IX - September 16, 2016

- Cycle VIII - March 18, 2016

  • 2015

- Cycle VII - September 16, 2015

- Cycle VI - March 18, 2015

  • 2014

- Cycle V - September 5, 2014

- Cycle IV - May 7, 2014

  • 2013

- Cycle III - March 6, 2013

  • 2012

- Cycle II - September 27, 1012

- Cycle I - June 12, 1012

Contact Us

For further information regarding grant guidelines, contact
Ms. Jennifer Swinson at either:
or (804)646-6612.

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