By Sam Elliott
March 4 is the deadline for Fishers residents to submit for a pair of grants offered by the city in an effort to promote neighborhood beautification.
For the past 15 years, the City of Fishers has provided support for community beautification through the Neighborhood and Tree Matching grant programs.
“Both of those programs have been pretty longstanding. In general, both of them really kind of focus on the perimeter of each neighborhood,” community engagement and volunteer coordinator Dan Domsic said. “Basically, I’d say they’re both pretty good ways of incentivizing and engaging with the community to just kind of keep things beautiful.”
Fishers’ Plant a Tree, Grant a Tree program awards funds to neighborhoods, non-profits and homeowners within city limits as an incentive to plant trees. Recipients are eligible for up to a 50 percent match in an effort to beautify areas that lack trees between roads and houses or buildings.
The Neighborhood Matching grant incentivizes neighborhoods 10 years or older to plan and complete a project that will either enhance its appearance or otherwise improve the community. In addition to beautification projects, neighborhoods can apply for funs to help accomplish community goals such as establishing a neighborhood crime watch program. Neighborhoods are eligible for up to a 50 percent match up to $5,000.
“Last year’s group did some pretty cool things,” public relations director Autumn Gasior said. “They used the matching grant to really redo the whole front of their neighborhood.”
For more, or to apply, visit Fishers.in.us, or contact Fishers Parks & Recreation at (317) 595-3150.