Good Neighbor Grant
Enhancing Communities & Neighborhoods
Matching grant awards up to $500 are available each year to neighborhood associations or community groups. The purpose of this grant is to enhance the sense of community and sustainability of our neighborhoods through the development and accomplishment of an environmentally sustainable landscape beautification project.
Please complete the Good Neighbor Grant Application to be considered. Applications open July 1 and the deadline for submissions is September 15. Grant award amounts are contingent upon the number of applications received and available funding.
Williamsburg Community Growers
This water sustainability project, “Save Every Drop” involved installing 18 hose racks throughout the community garden, to save water, decrease hose damage and improve the appearance of the garden.
This project involved refurbishment of the mulch path surrounding the wildflower meadow.
Continuing their project from last year, the neighborhood planted privacy shrubs (native American Holly bushes and Wax Myrtles) and Evergreen seedlings along Jamestown Road, providing privacy for the homes along the roadway, and making a more scenic view for travelers.
The neighborhood created a Peace Garden with native plants and a wooden bench. This garden will act as the beginning of a future educational walking path with signage about the native plants and local wildlife.
This project included replacing Riverview Plantation's 30 year old entrance sign and adding sustainable landscaping.
Fairway Villa at Greensprings
Their project improved the effectiveness of the plant buffer and enhanced the aesthetics of the pond. They planted native plants around the pond to improve the visual appeal as well as promote a natural habitat for ducks and birds.
This community planted native plants at the front entrance of neighborhood improving the overall appearance and adding scenic beauty to the drive to and from the ferry, beach, and historic park. They performed a litter cleanup of the common areas and the surrounding woods. The project also helped support wildlife with the introduction of native plants.
LaFontaine completed a “Community Pride” project by adding perennials to the entryway, removing litter and debris from the pond area, and adding a seating area made from recycled materials near the pond, which has become a home for ducks.
This project created a tranquility garden, as a safe place for residents and children to watch pollinators and hummingbirds. They planted 29 varieties of Virginia native and pollinator-friendly plants in the garden. They performed a litter cleanup of the walking trail and woods.
River rock was placed as edging around the above ground natural gas box and surrounding bollards to minimize weed-eating, prevent the spreading of chemicals to limit encroaching weeds, and assist with water infiltration.
The community restored a stormwater sediment basin and created a proper landscaped perimeter by installing native plants around the embankment and removing debris. This improved basin will help the neighborhood more effectively control the stormwater by protecting the surrounding properties and roadways and will reduce pollution run off.
The Point at Jamestown
Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community by paying particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place. Residents from the Point at Jamestown plan to install two free-standing libraries and a dog waste station in a visually appealing location where families can linger while choosing books to borrow. The neighborhood installed native perennial plants, added piping underneath the crush and run to control erosion, and refurbish the walkway. They plan to support ongoing evolution with expanded improvements over the years.
In order to mitigate the removal of trees along Longhill Road, Windsor Forest installed riprap to prevent erosion and placed the woodchips along the trails. Additionally, the community planted dogwoods, crepe myrtles and perennials to create a more visually appealing entrance to the neighborhood. Neighbors enjoyed coming together on this project in order to provide a stronger sense of community and pride in their common spaces.
The neighborhood volunteered to help replace shrubs with new colorful vegetation. The aim was to brighten up the monochromatic entrance to make it more attractive and inviting to pass by or come into.
The neighborhood volunteered to help repair the eroded area and prevent any future erosion. Their plan of action is to add topsoil and a ground cover called ajuga, which will be topped off with mulch to assist in preserving the integrity of this area. Volunteers will maintain and complete regular up keep on the area such as weeding and pruning.
Residents volunteered to offer assist planting trees and native plants. The desire is that it will enhance their neighborhood and make it more visually appealing to residents who live there as well as the people who drive by the neighborhood and see it.
The neighborhood has undertaken a multi-phase project on beautifying their front entrance. The grant went towards buying 100 daffodil bulbs to be planted around the new trees and to go towards mulching the newly planted area. This benefits the neighborhood because the residents and visitors enjoys the beautiful entrance and shows a sense of community by taking care of the area.
Volunteers from the neighborhood will get together to help renovate the front entrance and clubhouse entrance. By doing this the neighborhood is hoping it will increase the residents pride in their neighborhood as well as beautify and enhance both entrances and making them both more inviting.
Volunteers will help to remove invasive plants as well as clear the stormwater drainage paths. Once the cleanup is done the volunteers will use plant control to help keep away the invasive plants and plant new vegetation that will help with erosion. By doing that it will improve the stormwater drainage by not getting clogged up by the ground erosion.
Stonehouse Presbyterian Church
Residents have volunteered to help improve the view along the main entrance to the Stonehouse neighborhood and visually enhance the church property. Volunteers will then plant colorful perennials and native plants.
Berkeley's Green Neighborhood Association
Residents volunteered to clean up litter for this project. The aim was to visually enhance the area, promote a clean environment standard, and foster community cohesiveness and pride.
Fairway Villas Neighborhood Association
Residents volunteered to clean up litter and apply gravel to maintain a local conservation trail. This project contributes to the beautification of the area and reduces the presence of litter.
Kingspoint Neighborhood Association
The neighborhood is renovating the front entrance by planting sustainable and native plants in the front flower beds to add to the beautification of the area while also working in tandem with clean up efforts already being practiced by residents within the community.
Seasons Trace Home Owners Association
Residents volunteered to remove litter, brush and fallen trees from common area wooded lots and the roadside. In addition, they also built bird and owl shelters out of recycled materials. These efforts support the beautification, litter prevention, and recycling initiatives in the community.
Skiffes Creek Terrace Neighborhood Association
The association built a sustainable garden that utilized water conservation techniques while also preventing slope erosion. This garden promoted community involvement and beautification by encouraging residents to volunteer to tend to the garden.
Association at Stonehouse
Volunteers improved flowerbeds at the entrances and near the parking lot to make the areas more welcoming and visually appealing. This project not only beautifies the area but creates a sense of unity within the community by having the local garden club and other residents volunteer to contribute.
Westmoreland Home Owners Association
The association and volunteers cleaned, enhanced and maintained the playground and removed overgrowth around the pond and area adjacent to the playground. These efforts contribute to the longevity of the playground as well as laying a foundation to further beautification projects in the community.