Funding for Neighborhoods

Funding is available to support neighborhood enrichment activities, arts, and sustainable projects

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What are Neighborhood Services Funds? Types of Funding Funding Levels Requirements How to Apply

What are Neighborhood Services Funds?

Neighborhood Services Funds support projects planned by you and your neighbors to benefit your community. We encourage you to create proposals that use resources wisely and build strong partnerships. Learn more about the funding sources available below!

Types of Funding

Type of FundingDescriptionExamples of Eligible Uses

Neighborhood Enrichment Funds (NEF)

The City gives this funding to encourage you to make positive changes in your neighborhood. These funds help groups of neighbors carry out projects they have started and planned on their own. 
  • Neighborhood organizing (newsletters, outreach, webpages) 
  • Physical improvement (landscaping, signs, playground equipment)
  • Non-physical improvement (festival, workshops)

Neighborhood Arts Funds (NAF)

NAF supports art projects for Raleigh’s neighborhoods that explore, connect, and understand art and culture. These art projects are started, planned, and carried out by community members for the benefit of the neighborhood. This initiative is supported by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and is a partnership between Raleigh Arts and the Housing and Neighborhoods Department. 
  • Murals 
  • Neighborhood talent show 
  • Bands for block parties 
  • Sculpture garden 
  • Storytelling

Neighborhood Climate Action Funds (NCAF) - *coming soon*

NCAF offers funding to neighborhoods wanting to do climate change-related projects that benefit their community and potentially the larger public. This fund supports the goals of Raleigh’s Community Climate Action Plan (CCAP): to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, build community resilience, and address climate equity. This funding is a collaboration between the City of Raleigh’s Office of Sustainability and the Housing and Neighborhoods Department 
  • EV charging stations, available to the whole neighborhood
  • Community garden
  • Pollinator garden 
  • Tree planting
  • Neighborhood compost
  • LED lights for the community at large
  • Ready Raleigh emergency preparedness kit packing party for Climate Resilience. 

Funding Levels

Each funding source has two (2) levels:

Level ONE 

Open to neighborhood-based organizations, like homeowners’ associations, and groups of individuals and families who want to work on a project together without forming an organization. 

  • Maximum funding level is $250. 
  • Applicants do not have to provide a matching amount. 
  • Requests for funding will be approved or rejected within two weeks of submittal. 

Level TWO 

Open only to organizations on the Raleigh Neighborhood Registry. Many kinds of neighborhood-based organizations can be on the Registry, including neighborhood and homeowners associations, garden clubs, and Community Watch groups. 

  • Maximum funding level is $1,000. 
  • Neighborhood groups must provide a match of at least 50 percent of the costs of a project. 
  • A match can be a combination of volunteer labor (calculated at $30/hour) and donations, including material, professional services, and cash. 
  • Requests for funding will be approved or rejected within three weeks of submittal. 


  • Project must provide a public benefit and be free and open to all members of the community. 
  • Demonstrate community involvement and engagement. 
  • Occur within the City of Raleigh or its extraterritorial jurisdiction. 
  • An organization may receive funding for one project per year, regardless of funding level.  
  • Projects must be different every year and must show creativity and camaraderie. 
  • An organization's chair, president, or organizing leader must sign a contract indicating that if Neighborhood Enrichment Funds are misused, the funds will be repaid to the City of Raleigh or the group will forfeit its right to submit future funding requests. 
  • An organization must submit a brief report including photos to the Neighborhood Enrichment Services Division on the project's success within 2 weeks of completion. 
  • The project must be complete within 12 months of funding. 

How to Apply

Funding is available July 1 - June 30 each year (funding is limited and awarded on a first come-first served basis). Your application must be submitted at least six weeks prior to the start of the project. 

For more information, view the Application Checklist 

Funding TypeApplication Links
Neighborhood Enrichment Funds (NEF)
Neighborhood Art Funds (NAF)
Neighborhood Climate Action Fund (NCAF)



Housing and Neighborhoods
Neighborhood Enrichment Services


Lead Department:
Housing and Neighborhoods
Service Categories:
Neighborhood Enrichment

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