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Love Your Block PHX mini-grants return to fund neighborhood improvement projectsLove Your Block PHX mini-grants return to fund neighborhood improvement projects<div class="ExternalClassB37D68654B8E459CABBB7339941148B0"><p>​</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p>How do you Love Your Block?  Your idea could mean $1,000 for your neighborhood!</p><p>The Love Your Block PHX mini-grant program has begun accepting applications from neighborhood groups this month.  Love Your Block is a mini-grant program that awards $1,000 to five neighborhood groups in low-to-moderate income areas of Phoenix to make the changes they wish to see in their neighborhoods through volunteer-driven revitalization projects. Neighborhood groups within the initiative boundary are eligible to apply until Nov. 18. To see if your neighborhood is within the boundary and to apply, please visit phoenix.gov/volunteer and click on "Love Your Block".</p><p>Phoenix was one of seven cities across the United States selected to receive a $30,000 grant from Cities of Service for the Love Your Block three-year program. This program is a Mayor Greg Stanton initiative, funded by Cities of Service, and supported by two full-time dedicated AmeriCorps VISTA members.</p><p>Past projects include alley cleanups, mural paintings, installing storefront planter boxes, installing Little Free Libraries, painting irrigation boxes, and planting a butterfly garden.</p><p>Love Your Block is in its second year and is now accepting applications for the next round of projects, which will be completed in the spring of 2017. There will be two grant writing workshops to offer one-on-one support and to answer any questions about the grant. The first workshop will be held on Oct.24 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Broadway Heritage Neighborhood Resource Center, 2405 E. Broadway Road. The second workshop will be held on Nov. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Ocotillo Library, 102 W. Southern Ave.  For more information, visit phoenix.gov/volunteer, call 602-262-4790 or email <a href="mailto:loveyourblock@hpnphx.org">loveyourblock@hpnphx.org</a>.</p></td></tr></tbody></table></div>10/11/2016 7:00:00 AMTamra IngersollNeighborhood Services Department602-534-4444