In accessing the City’s challenges and identifying where volunteers could make a difference, many people pointed to the links between neighborhood blight, lack of community organizations, and higher crime rates.
One way to combat these issues is to increase the stability of a neighborhood through the active participation of its residents. The Love Your Block initiative gives residents in the City of Baton Rouge the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $750 to carry out a physical transformation of the public spaces on their block. Love Your Block projects may include community gardens, landscaping projects, neighborhood signage, block clean-up or other volunteer-led projects to beautify the block.
In order to apply for a Love Your Block grant, each group must:
Be volunteer-led. Eligible groups include, among others, neighborhood, tenant and block associations, as well as community garden groups, and school and church-based groups,
Demonstrate the ability to mobilize a minimum of 10 neighborhood volunteers to take part in the Love Your Block project,
Send two representatives to a Love Your Block workshop in the Fall of 2011, Complete the Love Your Block application which must include signatures and phone numbers of at least 50% of the residents on the block.
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