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City Announces Neighborhood Grant Recipients

The City of Covington announced ten neighborhood grant recipients on Friday. The issue will be voted on at Tuesday's city commission meeting.

The money partially comes from the city's newly created neighborhood grant program.

"With the program being new, we didn't know what to expect, but we're thrilled with this initial list of applications," said Ken Smith, director of Covington's Neighborhood Services Department. "They're very different from each other, and that's because the ideas came directly from the neighborhoods."

City staff scored the applications using a variety of measures, including feasibility, need, local support, impact, and sustainability. It was looking for projects from neighborhood-oriented groups that could be quickly implemented.

The list: 

  • Lewisburg - $800 - "Little Libraries" at neighborhood landmarks.
  • Eastside -- $4,850 - Music and Soul Food Festival.
  • Latonia -- $1,500 - Sidewalk planters at Ritte's Corner.
  • Latonia -- $1,500 - Water cart for sidewalk planters.
  • Peaselburg - $3,400 - Banners and support for a 4th of July parade.
  • Westside - $4,360 - Tent and supplies for its annual Halloween event.
  • MainStrasse Village - $3,600 - Flower pots, dog waste stations, community garden.
  • Eastern 4 neighborhoods - $1,246 - Neighborhood summer gathering (music and food).
  • Historic Licking-Riverside - $4,853.65 - Water foundation and irrigation for George Rogers Clark Park.
  • Levassor Park - $4,500 - Block party, planters, banners, yard signs. 

The city set $60,000 aside for the program's first year. A second round of applications will be sought this fall. Grants came in two levels: small ($250-$1,500) and large ($1,501-$5,000), and neighborhoods are restricted to one large or two small grants per year.

The city held an information meeting in April to explain the grant guidelines and answer questions.

-Staff report

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