The city of Worthington has a few dollars available for residents looking to beautify their communities or build strong bonds with their neighbors.
Officials with the community-relations commission are requesting applications for the annual neighborhood grant program, which will award up to $500 per project.
Anne Brown, spokeswoman for the city, said grants would be awarded for projects or events that demonstrate a public benefit and promote neighborhood identity, increase neighborhood safety, implement neighborhood beautification efforts or build a sense of community in neighborhoods.
"We think strong neighborhood connections are really important in the community," Brown said. "People watch out for each other if they know each other."
The city has a total of $2,000 for the program. Recent grant recipients have included the Kenbrook/Foster Community Project ($379) for its "Picnic in the Park," a neighborhood gathering, and the Bowerman Block Watch ($275).
Applicants must be representatives of an existing neighborhood association or a group of individuals who are organizing a neighborhood association. Informal neighborhood groups also may be eligible if their grant proposal builds community awareness and enhances the neighborhood.
The projects must be on public property within the city of Worthington. Projects must be neighborhood-based and initiated by residents who are living in the community.
Applications will be accepted through April 30. Funds will be awarded by May 31. Applications, which are available at city offices, should be sent to Worthington Neighborhood Grants, city of Worthington, 6550 N. High St., Worthington, OH 43085.
Brown said the city has been awarding grants since 2008.
"Worthington is known for its strong neighborhoods, and this is one of the reasons why," she said.