More than $20,000 will go to Dublin homeowners associations for improvement projects this year.

More than $20,000 will go to Dublin homeowners associations for improvement projects this year.

Dublin City Council members last week approved $22,683 in grants for six homeowners associations for the 2014 Beautify Your Neighborhood Grant program.

The city received six grant applications and approved each one, although grants fell under the $32,000 budgeted for this year.

"Most grants were for material rather than structural (improvements) but they were all deemed worthy," Councilman John Reiner said.

The matching grant program was established in 2011 to "provide funding assistance to support Dublin homeowners associations and civic associations in enhancing their neighborhood with high-quality, sustainable beautification projects that benefit and enhance the Dublin community," information from the city said.

Last year, the city gave out $14,687 in grants.

Both Park Place and Wellington Place received $5,000 grants this year.

Park Place will use its grant to start a multi-phase project to modify the entrances to the subdivision.

The $5,000 grant, which will be matched with $6,770 in funding and $5,050 in in-kind donations, will be used to remove failing cherry trees by Park Mill Drive and Hyland-Croy Road.

Wellington Place will use its $5,000 grant and $5,354 in matching funds to enhance the landscaping along the northwest side of the entrance into the subdivision.

Trees will be added "to help better screen the neighborhood from Brand Road," the staff report to council stated.

Ballantrae received a $4,971 grant that will be used to replace shrubs, grasses and day lilies at its entrance at Eiterman Road and Shier Rings Road.

The plants currently in place have not performed well, the staff report said.

Llewellyn Farms received $3,000 to "improve landscape features and re-establish landscape beds at the neighborhood entrances and will include new plants, restore edging and mulching, and the installation of new lighting along the newly constructed multi-use path along Dublin Road," the staff report said.

A $2,774 grant will help the Dunmere subdivision upgrade landscaping at two neighborhood entrances with matching funds of $2,775.

River Highlands plans to use a $1,938 grant and matching funds to improve its Zachary Court and Martin Road entrance by cleaning and repairing stonework, installing a dry creek bed and landscaping two-tiered beds.

The neighborhood plans to later complete a second phase to continue improvements.