Warner Ranch gains funding for neighborhood upgrades

Tempe has awarded $15,000 to the Warner Ranch Homeowners Association for a meditation garden at Harelson Park, at Warner Ranch Drive and Myrna Lane.

Other projects include security lighting, xeriscape conversion, neighborhood entry signage, artistic irrigation standpipes and more.

From artistic amenities to lighting and fences, the city of Tempe awarded a total of $250,000 to 21 neighborhood-initiated improvement projects as part of its 2009-2010 Maryanne Corder Neighborhood Grant Program.

The Tempe City Council voted Aug. 20 to allocate the grants to 11 neighborhood associations and 10 HOAs.

With the addition of another $120,000 in matching funds, which are required for recipient HOAs, the total community investment of this year’s grant program will be $370,000.

Tempe annually awards $250,000 for neighborhood-initiated projects, as part of the city’s Capital Improvement Program budget. Neighborhoods apply for maximum grants of $15,000. One $50,000 grant is awarded. Crime Free Multi-Housing Program communities also are eligible to apply.

Grant applications must represent capital projects of community-wide benefit that would not be covered within the city’s traditional Capital Improvement Program budget. The requested project must reflect the desires of a majority of the neighborhood or HOA membership. HOAs are asked to match funds.

Since the program’s inception in 1994, more than $3 million in grants have been awarded.

For more information, visit www.tempe.gov/neighborhoods.


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