UNI Seeks Mini-Grant Applications for Work with Vacant Lots

The Urban Neighborhood Initiative is now seeking applicants for a 2017 Mini-Grant for prospective property owners who are looking to redevelop vacant lots within UNI neighborhoods.

The Mini-Grant program provides financial support along with technical assistance to develop vacant lots for green uses, which is part of UNI’s mission of promoting health and attractive neighborhoods. Applicants must own or have long-term use of a lot within the UNI boundaries (Truman Road on the north to 52nd Street on the south; Troost Avenue on the west and Prospect on the east). Proof is not needed in order to submit a proposal but must be provided if selected for a grant award.

Applications will be reviewed by members of the UNI Vacant to Vibrant Green Spaces and Urban Farms committee and scored based on four criteria:

• Participation of project by other individuals or groups, such as a church or Scout Troup

• Plans for future use, care and sustainability

• Applicant experience and resources

• Community impact and education components of the project

All applications should be submitted by mail, in-person or online and must be received no later than by 5 p.m. (CST) on Friday, Nov. 3, to: Deborah Craig, UNI Two Pershing Square 2300 Main St., Suite 180 Kansas City, MO 64108. Email submissions may be sent to dcraig@uni-kc.org. A hard copy will be mailed upon request. Please direct questions to Deborah Craig at 816-231-0822 or dcraig@uni-kc.org. UNI Mini-grants and technical assistance by Heartland Conservation Alliance are made possible through funding from the Hall Family Foundation.