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Upcoming neighborhood and business grants

Check out the list below to find out more about upcoming neighborhood and business grants:

The Neighborhood Matching Grants program​ awards up to $25,000 to eligible neighborhood-based organizations to complete projects that will improve their community's quality of life.

Stop by an upcoming pre-application workshop to learn more about the program and how to apply for a grant. For more information, cotnact Atalie Zimmerman at azimmerman@charlottenc.gov​.

The NeighborWoods program works with Charlotte neighborhoods to plant trees, educate residents about proper tree care and maintenance, and replenish urban tree canopy.

Typically held on Saturdays during tree planting season -- which runs from early October through mid-April -- NeighborWoods planting events provide trees to Charlotte residents to plant in their own yard or in neighborhood common areas. The NeighborWoods program provides the trees, mulch, tools and a team of tree experts to help with proper tree planting and maintenance.

Applications​ are due Sunday, May 1. For more information, contact Denise Coleman at drcoleman@charlottenc.gov.

NBS' Facade Improvment Grant assists businesses and commercial property owners with improving their building’s appearance. In doing so, the program helps bring signs, parking and landscaping into conformance with current codes.

As part of the program, the grant provides eligible businesses or property owners with 50 percent reimbursement for certain architectural renovation expenses. Sixty percent reimbursement may be available on a case-by-case basis for businesses who utilize a certified Small Business Enterprise firm.

Applications are due Sunday, May 15. For more information, contact Veronica Mosley at vmosley@charlottenc.gov.

The Business District Organization Program provides support to emerging and existing merchant and business associations. The program awards up to $30,000 per year to eligible business associations serving one of the City’s targeted business districts as defined by the Business Corridor Plan.

Program funds can be used for administrative/operating expenses, special events and projects, marketing and promotions, and business district communications.

Applications are due Sunday, May 15. For more information, contact Veronica Mosley at vmosley@charlottenc.gov.
City of Charlotte and Microsoft partner to provide summer camps to local teens

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts recently announced a collaboration with Microsoft's Charlotte campus to introduce 300 students to careers in technology.

This summer, 200 Charlotte girls participating in the DigiGirlz Summer Camp will listen to speakers, particpate in technology tours and demonstrations, network and learn through hands-on experiences in workshops. Additionally, next year, Roberts and Microsoft will launch the first-ever DigiGuyz High Tech Summer Camp. Expanding the DigiGirlz model, the camp will introduce 100 high school-aged males of technology and career fields in the high tech industry.​

For more information about the camps, please contact Youth Programs Manager Dawn Hill at dmhill@charlottenc.gov. For more information about the Mayor's Youth Employment Program, please contact Youth Programs Specialist Sophia Davis at scdavis@charlottenc.gov.

Southwest Code Enforcement Office moves to West Boulevard

Neighborhood & Business Services' Southwest​ Code Enforcement site office is moving to a new location effective Monday, March 7. If you need to set up an appointment with an inspector, please contact our office assistant Cindy Schimmel at 704-432-2438.

Administrative hearings, scheduled appointments or drop-in visits after March 7 will be held at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department located at 2550 West Blvd. Enter at the front of the building and Code Enforcement staff can assist you at the left window. 

Sardis Trace Senior Apartments provides affordable housing for local seniors

Sardis Trace Senior Apartments, located at 8848 Nolley Court, recently opened its doors in September to serve the Charlotte community and its surrounding areas. As of Dec. 31, the development is 100 percent occupied.

Sardis Trace is a 78-unit multi-family community serving seniors at or below 60 percent of the area median income. Located behind Sardis Village Shopping Center, and within walking distance of shopping, dining and medical facilities, the apartment complex has an exercise room, computer center and multipurpose room for residents to share with their guests.

The City of Charlotte’s Housing Trust Fund provided $600,000 towards the project, with the Federal and State Low-Income Tax Credit and HUD Loan providing $9 million.

For more information about affordable housing, contact Housing Development Program Manager Zelleka Biermann.

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