County Neighborhood Initiative Grant Cycle – Info Sessions are Open

Sometimes a little change makes a big difference. When your neighborhood needs a small project, consider applying for a neighborhood grant.  Sarasota County’s Neighborhood Services offers grants (up to $10,000) to neighborhoods that are willing to match funding through cash, in-kind donations, professional labor or volunteer hours.


Residents and homeowners’ associations, or ad-hoc groups of neighbors who notice a need for improvement in one or more of the following areas may be eligible to apply:

  • Character: “place-making” through the creation or enhancement of assets that are a source of neighborhood pride and identity.
  • Leadership: training neighborhood leaders or teams, and developing skills, for neighborhood governance or action.
  • Safety: equipping the neighborhood with knowledge or tools to prevent, prepare for, confront or respond to incidences of crime, danger or disaster.
  • Environment: protecting water & energy resources, and native plants & animals.
  • Health: increasing access to nutritious diets, physical or mental fitness opportunities, or health education.


The Neighborhood Initiative Grant Program application process takes approximately seven months to complete. Attendance and completion of a Grant Information Session is a mandatory step of the application process. Neighbors with a Certificate of Completion date of more than three years are required to re-certify. Below are the upcoming Grant Information Sessions. If you cannot attend in person, please register to attend online.

Cycle 37 Grant Information

Virtual info sessions are now open for registration. More sessions will be added as cycle planning develops. 

  • Virtual Info Session 1: was held August 17, 2023 
  • Hyrbid Info Session 2: Thursday, September 21, 2023 (5:30- 6:30 P.M.) In-person at Selby Public Library, 1331 First Street. Sarasota, FL 34236
  • Virtual Info Session 3: Thursday, October 19, 2023 (5:30- 6:30 P.M.) 
  • Hyrbid Info Session 4: Thursday, November 16, 2023 (5:30- 6:30 P.M.)  In-person at Venice Public Library, 300 Nokomis Avenue S. Venice, FL 34285
  • Virtual Info Session 5: Thursday, December 21, 2023 (5:30- 6:30 P.M.)
For More Information: Contact Neighborhood Services  and  link to the Application

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