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Love Your Block

Grant Application Workshops: March 7 at Tabor Community Services and March 14 at Crispus Attucks Community Center.

Love Your Block is a community engagement program that supports resident led improvement projects and makes it easier for residents to connect with City leaders and resources. The program offers mini-grants that are specifically for projects that focus on reducing litter and addressing simple exterior home (facade) repairs in the focus neighborhoods of Howard Avenue and the ChurchTowne neighborhood. Interested residents, neighborhood groups and community organizations in these neighborhoods are invited to submit project proposals for a mini-grant ranging between $500-$2000. Projects that receive funding will be asked to schedule a follow up conversation with the City to discuss the impact of your project.

Focus Neighborhoods

The 2019 Love Your Block program is focused on engaging the residents on Howard Avenue and those in the ChurchTowne Neighborhood. These neighborhoods have a long and rich history. Some of the homes are from the 1730s. Historians believe Howard Avenue was the first area of Lancaster City to be settled. Ida Gantz, from Crispus Attucks, did important work on childhood education here, Milton Hershey had his first candy factory here, and the 200 year old Bethel AME Church is an important part of this community. We want residents in these neighborhoods to know that rich history and see their communities achieve even greater things.

2019 Grant Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify for the Love Your Block application process, each group has to:  

     1. Propose a project that is based on Howard Avenue or in the
         ChurchTowne neighborhood.

     2. Propose a project that will benefit the community and focuses
         on issues of trash and simple exterior home repairs.

     3. Complete its project within the required timeframe after receiving
         a mini-grant  

     4. Recruit 5 or more committed volunteers from at least 3 households
         in your neighborhood

     5. Propose a budget that does not exceed $2000  

     6. Submit a plan that outlines how the project will be maintained.

Mini-Grant Project Examples

Painting house facades (door, window, walls), Railing repair or replacement, Trash enclosures for homes without yard access, High quality trash cans for homes, Painting or repair of porch, Educational project on littering or home repairs, Downspout and gutter repairs or replacements, Fence or alley gate repair or replacement.

Important Information

Preference will be given to Projects that:

     - Impact several properties within a one block radius of each another.

     - Leverage volunteers who live or work in close proximity to the project.

     - Partnerships with neighborhood organizations, nonprofits, and/or businesses  

Important Dates

Application Release Date:                              February 14

Grant Application Workshop:                          March 7 (Tabor Community Services)
                                                                        March 14 (Crispus Attucks Community Center)

Application Deadline:                                       April 1

Mini-Grants Awardees Announced:                 April 15

Project Start Date:                                           Beginning of May

Project Completion Deadline:                          End of July

Submitting Application

Applications can be done online or paper. Completed applications should be received no later than 5:00 pm on Monday April 1, 2019. Paper applications and any additional documents should be submitted in person or one of the following ways:

Email: or

Mail-in or Drop-off: Milzy Carrasco

Department of Neighborhood Engagement
120 North Duke Street
P.O. Box 1599
Lancaster, PA 17608-1599




Application Checklist

     ☐       Completed application

     ☐       “Before” pictures of proposed project site

     ☐        As needed - Letter of permission from private property
               owner for project to be completed


For any questions or to receive additional information regarding Love Your Block, please contact:

Carl Patterson
Phone: 717-869-2140  

Michael Prescott
Phone: 717-869-2144