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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday announced the Great Streets Challenge Grant program, which will award a total of up to $200,000 to community groups who find innovative ways to enhance the city’s efforts along the initial 15 streets of Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative.
The Great Streets Initiative was created by the mayor to target improvement along “backbone” main streets in communities across L.A. Examples of community-driven initiatives that could be funded by the grants include infrastructure improvements and events that draw people to a Great Street.
“The Great Streets Challenge Grant seeks to build on the infrastructure improvements being made by the city with initiatives created by those who understand our communities the most,” Garcetti said. “I believe the best results come when innovative thinking from city hall is matched with the passion and creativity found within our neighborhoods. We are working hard to get L.A. back to basics by transforming underutilized spaces into dynamic and safe places for Angelenos to meet, shop, and spend time with their families.”
Individual applicants are eligible to receive up to $20,000 in city funds for projects. The Great Streets Challenge Grant program is a partnership between the mayor’s office and ioby.org, a crowd-resourcing platform for citizen-led, neighbor-funded projects. Grant recipients will initially be awarded $10,000 for their projects and then work with ioby.org to raise additional funds. For every additional dollar raised, the Great Streets Challenge Grant Program will match those funds dollar for dollar, up to an additional $10,000, for a total of $20,000 in city funds per project.
Applicants may apply at www.ioby.org/LA-great-streets until June 30.
The Great Streets that qualify in the 4th and 13th districts are Western Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard.
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