Mini Grants: Look What Your Neighbors Are Doing!
We love it when a plan comes together! Take a moment to read what your neighbors are doing – below is a progress report on the IN the Neighborhood Conference Mini Grants that were awarded last fall.
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Part of being a good neighbor is learning how city government works so you can make it work for your corner of Omaha. So if you’ve never heard of the city’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP), it’s time to do a little studying.
The City of Omaha’s six-year Capital Improvement Program, referred to by those ‘in the know’ as the CIP, is the primary tool used by the city to coordinate major projects involving Omaha’s street and sewer systems, parks, public facilities and other infrastructure. It is adopted annually, along with the city’s budget. The first year in the six-year CIP also functions as the city’s capital budget for that year.
Part of being a neighborhood group is being plugged in to the world around you. One of your jobs is making it easy for others to connect with your organization. That being said, is your association listed in the City of Omaha Neighborhood Association Directory? Is the information correct?
It’s super important to be able to check the “yes” box for both questions. In order for your group to be eligible for funds from the Mayor’s Annual Neighborhood Grant Program, it must be listed in the directory. This also applies to other funders.
The updated directory is pretty cool. It’s interactive, so you can look up what neighborhood association you belong to based on your address. You can also print out maps of your neighborhood association’s boundaries.
On that note, here’s an important announcement, so please pay attention:
Neighborhood associations will be receiving a formal notice from the City of Omaha asking how it would like to receive future correspondence, whether it be through mail, email or certified mail. Be on the lookout for it, and make sure to reply in a timely manner. You don’t want to miss out on news and opportunities that could benefit your group.
Here’s to staying connected!
– Julie Smith
ONE Omaha project manager
A community differs from a neighborhood. Neighborhoods are merely space; whereas, communities are comprised of people living and working together forming social bonds.
By William Hatcher