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Neighborhood grants - Hoyt Street Association Community Funding Project

You or your neighborhood group have a chance to win an award of up to $1,000 by submitting your proposal to the Hoyt Street Association Community Funding Project (HSACFP). This annual grant program is funded by the Hoyt Street Association to help neighborhood improvement projects in Boerum Hill.

Past recipients include: Songs for Seniors, Atlantic Avenue Betterment Association, Colab Projects Group, Inc./ART WALK, YWCA, Boerum Hill Association, Cat’s Cradle, Gowanus in Unity/Boerum Hill Tutoring Program, Micro Museum, etc.

“Our goal with the Hoyt Street Association Community Funding Project has been to put back into the neighborhood some of the profits from our very successful annual Plant Sale (held each spring),” said Margaret Cusack, president of the Hoyt Street Association, a block association that also maintains the Hoyt Street Garden. “Even before the HSACFP was launched in 2004, the HSA had a history of donating money to other organizations and individuals who work to improve our Boerum Hill neighborhood.”

Alice Wong, Hoyt Street Association treasurer added, “The HSACFP formalizes the funding with applications, deadlines, and a review process.” HSACFP grants range from several hundred dollars, up to $1000.

HSACFP proposals should meet one or more of the following criteria:

· Encourage cleanliness, orderliness, beautification or preservation

· Improve public safety or quality of life

· Support educational or cultural activities for the residents

· Promote harmony between diverse elements of the neighborhood

The boundaries of the area to be served by the grants are the boundaries of the Boerum Hill neighborhood: On the north, Schermerhorn Street; on the south, Warren Street; on the east, Fourth Avenue; and on the west, Court Street.

The proposals will be reviewed by the members of the HSACFP committee, a group of neighbors who have been active for many years in the Hoyt Street Association. To receive an application for the 2008-2009 HSACFP, send a self-addressed 9” x 12” envelope to 124 Hoyt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217-2215.

The Hoyt Street Association’s community funding project schedule:

· Applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered by October 20, 2008

· Applications will be reviewed by the HSACFP Committee October 21, 2008 to January 20, 2009

· The HSACFP grant(s) will be awarded in February 2009.

HSACFP applications must be delivered to the Hoyt Street Association, 124 Hoyt Street in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, NY 11217-2215.

The deadline is 5 p.m., October 20. For more, call 718-237-0145.

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