Office of Strategic Initiatives implements pilot programs, uses multi-faceted community engagement, and relies on data-driven approaches to plan for the future of Arlington today.

Neighborhood Matching Grant

2019 Call for Projects is open NOW! Plan to attend an Information Session to apply for a grant for your neighborhood!

*Please read the whole guidebook and application prior to submitting your application.

Program Overview

The City of Arlington has some funding available for neighborhoods to complete projects that beautify and enhance the public spaces in our neighborhoods. Your neighborhood project is eligible if it:

  • Serves a public purpose/benefit
  • Builds neighborhood cooperation and involve a significant number of neighbors
  • Promotes the Champion Great Neighborhoods initiative
  • Has a detailed budget reflecting accurate project costs and match sources
  • Has a detailed and achievable timeline including a plan for long-term maintenance
  • Meets applicable codes and have identified necessary permits

The Neighborhood Matching Grant Program is a matching grant, which means that you and your neighborhood have to put some investment into your neighborhood too. The match requirement can be met with cash, in-kind donations, and volunteer hours. Be sure to look at the Guidebook or the Application to make sure you can meet the match requirement.

Information Sessions

Any neighborhood group who applies for a grant must have a representative attend an Information Session. Below is the 2019 Information Session schedule.

Date Time Location
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 6:30 PM Hugh Smith Recreation Center, Multipurpose Room
Thursday, November 29, 2018 6:30 PM West Police Station, Community Room
Saturday, December 15, 2018 9:30 AM George W. Hawkes Library, Excellence Room
Monday, January 7, 2019 6:30 PM Southeast Branch Library, Community Room
Saturday, January 26, 2019 10:30 AM Southwest Branch Library, Community Room

How much can my neighborhood receive?

That depends on how organized your neighborhood is. There are two “tiers” of funding based on the neighborhood group type. All applying neighborhood groups must have an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS, and a separate neighborhood bank account.  The maximum award of $25,000 is available to any HOA or non-profit neighborhood organization that is listed as “Active” status with the Texas State Comptroller Office. (Check your group’s status here:

Neighborhood Group Type Max Award
Any Neighborhood Group $10,000
Neighborhood Group registered as an HOA or non-profit  with the State of Texas $25,000

Great! When can we apply?

The Call for Projects is open November 1 – February 15 each winter. No portion of the project can be started until the contract with the city is executed.

  • Call Opens: November 1
  • Applications Due: February 15
  • Council Consideration By: April
  • Contracts Signed/Training Conducted: May

Are there any other requirements? What’s the catch?

Prior to applying, you or a neighborhood representative must attend an information session for all the details of applying for, receiving, and closing-out the grant. See Information Sessions schedule above.

Still have questions?

We know there is a lot to think about when making an investment in your neighborhood.  If there’s something we haven’t covered in the Guidebook, just send us an email at, and we’ll get right back to you!