Neighborhood Capacity Building Grant Administration RFP

Neighborhood Capacity RFP Cover page

Sponsor: Community Development Administration
Procurement Type: Request for Proposals  and or Qualifications

Starting Date: 01-29-2024

The City of St. Louis comprises 79 neighborhoods, each of which has unique assets, needs, interests, and dreams. The City has a vested interest in increasing the capacity of neighborhood associations, and similar nonprofits and organizations, to meet the needs of their residents and to increase the sense of place and community inherent in each neighborhood.

Additionally, the City has begun a transformative process of Neighborhood Planning with the Planning and Urban Design Agency. While each neighborhood needs and deserves high-quality, publicly funded planning initiatives, not all communities have an adopted neighborhood plan. A small grant could make a large difference in preparing these organizations to embark on the planning process. Another goal of these small grants are to aid in the capacity, engagement, and readiness for communities and their organizations to collectively realize their potential through Neighborhood Planning.

Ordinance 70435, adopted in 2017, raises a sales tax to fund economic development. Included in these collected funds is the charge to create real and lasting neighborhood revitalization. A portion of the funds raised by the Economic Development Sales Tax (“EcoDevo”) is reserved for CDA to expand the capacity of neighborhood organizations and prepare neighborhoods for future transformative awards.

To assist neighborhoods in this pursuit, the City is awarding funding to a third party non-profit organization to make small grants to increase neighborhood organization’s capacity. The City is seeking a party to administer a grant program in support of stakeholders who have organized within their community to increase neighborhood capacity.

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