*The application process for 2018 is now closed*
Supervisor Dave Seeley announced that the application process for the Irondequoit Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) is now open. This successful initiative, now in its third year, allows residents to apply for funding for various projects throughout Irondequoit neighborhoods.
“Last year’s NEP served as a catalyst for the formation of a dozen new neighborhood associations in Irondequoit,” said Supervisor Seeley. “By empowering residents to determine where Town Hall invests tax dollars in our community, we have created a model for citizen governance. I look forward to seeing what new ideas are brought forth this year.”
The NEP program provides grant funding for projects that aim to both enrich quality of life and boost the identity of Irondequoit’s many neighborhoods. To fund the program, the Town will continue to use the fees collected from various code violations by the former owner of the Irondequoit Mall.
Last year’s process saw an application submitted or supported by each neighborhood association in Town. Overall, eight projects were funded by the Town Board, with some receiving support from other Town budget items. Projects being completed include:
- Neighborhood identifying banners along St. Paul Boulevard and Shelford Road.
- Little libraries in various parts of Town.
- Beautification efforts throughout Town.
- Pedestrian safety enhancements, including signage and crosswalks.
- New neighborhood identifying street signage.
- Support for new playground equipment, aligning with the Town’s Capital Improvement Plan.
The Town continues to encourage the many neighborhood associations to work together to develop applications, and supports neighborhoods submitting joint applications. There is no limit to request for funding, however, residents are reminded that previous projects have ranged from approximately $500-$7,500.
Town Hall continues to work with various neighborhoods across the community to form new associations, with two new groups hosting their first meeting in June. For more information on existing neighborhood associations or on how to create an association in a neighborhood without one, residents can visit: www.irondequoitneighborhoods.org.