Neighborhood Grants Program readers talk 2018-19 grants

October 16, 2018

Volunteer grant readers joined BCF staff to review grants for the Neighborhood Grants Progam on October 12. 

BCF’s Neighborhood Grants Program funds projects such as creating community gardens, youth leadership training and community festivals. Though they reflect various interests and causes, each grant helps neighbors invest in their communities as they mobilize to complete a neighborhood project, or build or strengthen neighborhood leadership.

Volunteers each read 8-10 grant applications, then met in small groups at BCF to go over their individual comments, match up their scoring and make recommendations. They weighed project costs, adherence to BCF’s guidelines for NGP and whether or not the projects would serve to mobilize residents throughout the neighborhood. 

“Volunteer grant readers help bring a new perspective to BCF’s neighborhood work and provide helpful feedback,” says Maya Smith, BCF’s Senior Program Officer for neighborhoods. “This is a great way for donors to get an inside look at how we make grants, and get a better idea of the many projects going on in the community.”

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