Neighborhood Development Grant Program

Grant Overview

The Roanoke Neighborhood Advocates, in partnership with the City of Roanoke's Office of Neighborhood Services, is proud to offer the Neighborhood Development Grant Program. Funded by a combination of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and city General funds, the program creates opportunities for neighborhood organizations to make their neighborhoods safer, cleaner, and healthier by providing them with the resources to achieve their goals.

FY 2020 - 2021 Application Process

First, please read the Program Overview Document. Submit your application (PDF) to the Office of Neighborhood Services, Suite 364 South, 215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke VA, 24011. You can also submit your application and attachments through an online form, or by scanning and submitting your completed application by email to If you have any questions, please contact Tonya Pickett, Neighborhood Services Coordinator, at 540-853-1647 or Keith Holland, Community Resources Program Administrator, at 540-853-6404.

Important Forms & Documents for 2020 - 2021: 

Program Presentation-View this years NEW Focus and Guidelines-View presentation to find out whether you need to submit the City Fund or CDBG Fund Application.
Overall Grant Application Instructions

2020-2021 Updated Scoring Matrix-Use the Matrix to check your project focus and goals to maximize your points.
CDBG Grant Application (PDF) or Online CDBG Submission
City Grant Application (PDF) or Online CItySubmission

Payment Request Form Online Submission
Interim Report Form Online Submission 
Final Report Form Online Submission

Important Forms & Documents for FY 2019 - 2020 Project Applicants: 

Interim Report Form Online Submission 
Final Report Form Online Submission

Please note: Applications are due by Midnight on Jan. 24, 2020 online or 5pm if delivered to the office on 3rd Floor, South, Room 364.

Project Examples

The Neighborhood Development Grant program provides grants to undertake projects ranging from $250 to $15,000. Neighborhood organizations and community watch groups are encouraged to apply for funding that support projects that complement their organization's business plan, the city's neighborhood plans, the Vision 2001-2020 Comprehensive Plan, and/or the City's Arts and Cultural Plan.

Eligible Projects / Activities

  • Neighborhood physical improvements such as: 
    • Trees
    • Community gardens
    • Gateway signs
    • Art/cultural activities
    • Projects that address neighborhood preservation, blight, safety, and/or security

Who Can Apply

The neighborhood organization is not required to provide a match in the form of in-kind donations, volunteer services, and/or cash; however, when the application is being evaluated by the RNA Grants Review Committee, points will be given for a project that leverages or combines funding from sources that contribute to the project and thus does not rely solely on financial assistance from the city. Eligible groups include: neighborhood and community watch groups. Ineligible groups include: educational institutions, individuals, private or for-profit businesses and corporations, and religious institutions.

Program Goals

  • To demonstrate collaboration with community groups and organizations
  • To develop leadership within the neighborhood
  • To encourage neighborhood residents to participate
  • To enhance partnerships between community organizations and the city
  • To improve neighborhood appearance
  • To integrate arts and cultural activities into our neighborhoods
  • To promote healthier, safer and cleaner neighborhood

Previously Funded Projects