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 volunteer community organizations to make their neighborhoods safer, cleaner, and healthier by providing them with the resources to achieve their goals.

FY 2019 - 2020 Application Process


First, please read the Program Overview DocumentSubmit your application (PDF) to the Office of Neighborhood Services, Room 312 North, 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 keith.holland@roanokeva.gov. If you have any questions, please contact Keith Holland, Community Resources Program Administrator, at 540-853-6404.

Important Forms & Documents for 2019 - 2020: 


Program Overview
Grant Application (PDF) or Online Submission
Payment Request Form Online Submission
Interim Report Form Online Submission
Final Report Form Online Submission

Please note: Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Jan. 25, 2019.



Project Examples


The Neighborhood Development Grant program provides grants to undertake projects ranging from $250 to $25,000. 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