We are excited to announce the recipients of our 2016 grant awards:
The Aspire Project in St. Johns will receive up to $800 toward the installation of security cameras in and near the entrances of its studio. The project will help to ensure the safety of its students, families, and staff.
Inner Essence Healing Center in Arbor Lodge will receive up to $600 toward the purchase and installation of sidewalk planters for the front of the newly renovated Brandon building. The project will improve the overall appearance of the corner and attract attention, increasing visibility of nearby businesses.
The Parkside Pub in Kenton will receive up to $5,140 toward the installation of awnings, a community board, planters, and a new marquee. The project aims to expand the Kenton Business District by increasing visibility one block west of Denver on Willis Blvd., a single block that is home to no less than ten businesses.
Posies Bakery & Cafe in Kenton will receive up to $1,500 toward the installation of waterproof flooring and interior paint. The project will improve appearances and customer experience, and enhance staff and patron safety.
Salvage Works in Kenton will receive up to $960 toward the installation of a bike rack to serve both staff and patrons. Secure bike parking will encourage bike commuting, improve the safety of personal property, encourage attendance of community events, and enhance the block’s overall appearance.
We’ll be posting project photos and recaps as they are available, so keep an eye on this section of our site to track the progress of these projects.
We received over $70,000 in grant requests, and while we were unable to fund all requests, we recognize the time and effort made to prepare and submit each proposal. Thank you for applying, and thank you for all you do to better our community.
Twilight Theater Company purchased a motorized stair climber that makes their space accessible to wheelchair bound actors, volunteers and audience members and assists others who have difficulty climbing stairs. The accessibility provides support and entertainment to those who may be unable to participate without it, and creates a way for the theater to connect with more of the community.
Golden Harvesters (now known as St. Johns Food Share) purchased bike racks and replaced their security light with an energy-efficient light that illuminates their parking lot as well as the bus stop adjacent to their building. Both updates provide security for their employees, members and neighborhood residents. Planters were also purchased and filled with edible plants, which both educate members on how to grow edible plants in containers and enhance the look of the building. In addition, The LVNPPA grant was leveraged to obtain a grant from St. Johns Main Street to complete the beautification project.
Awnings were installed over the windows and door of this local doggie day care, improving the facade of the building and giving the neighborhood a fresh new look. Additionally, the awnings improve conditions for the neighbors and passerbys who enjoy watching the puppies play and provide shelter for their clients as they enter and exit the building.
The primary goal of the bench installation was to improve walkability in the Overlook neighborhood and increase the attractiveness of the business district. Owner Sarah Fuller witnesses community members utilize the seating area every day—to stop and chat with neighbors during their walks, or as a pit stop or waiting area for shoppers and diners frequenting businesses in Overlook Village. As a result, NoPo Paws has helped improve relationships in the neighborhood and build on improvements in the ever-growing Overlook business district and neighborhood.