BeautifySJ Grants Awarded to 91 Community Groups

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The City of San José has awarded 91 neighborhood groups and community organizations #BeautifySJ grants in the third year of the program. The organizations will roll up their sleeves between now and Sept. 30, 2020 to beautify their neighborhoods.

Launched in early 2017, Mayor Liccardo’s #BeautifySJ campaign aims to reduce trash, graffiti and other sources of blight in our city. Since, the City has taken steps to improve its own beautification-related services and enhance partnerships with neighborhood and community groups committed to beautification. To better leverage community-led beautification efforts, the City Council allocated $300,000 in the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 budget to support the grant program managed by the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) Department. An additional $55,131 was reallocated from the previous grant cycle which allowed the program to fund additional projects in 2020.

“With the first two rounds of #BeautifySJ grants, we were grateful to the dozens of neighborhood associations who showed up for San José – ready and willing to join our efforts to combat community blight,” said Mayor Liccardo. “We look forward to another successful round of beautification projects this year.”

“Our BeautifySJ grant helped us complete landscaping improvements in a City-owned parcel across from Prospect High School. Our neighborhood effort, along with much assistance from Our City Forest, helped us clear away blight and replace it with mulch, decorative rock, 34 drought-tolerant plants and one new tree,” said Gary Smith, President of the English Estates Neighborhood Association and a #BeautifySJ 2017 recipient. #BeautifySJ grants were awarded to 91 community groups; 27 of the groups are new grant recipients in 2019. Over $355,131 will support a variety of community-led projects in neighborhoods across the City, including:

  • 133 neighborhood engagement events
  • 45 National Night Out events
  • 110 clean-up events
  • 13 landscaping projects
  • 17 mural and art box paintings
  • 8 tree-plantings

“Our community is part of the solution to a cleaner San José,” said Jon Cicirelli, PRNS Director. “Through the efforts of partners and volunteers, we can complete important work that could not be accomplished with City resources alone.”

Through the #BeautifySJ grant program, neighborhood associations, volunteer organizations and community groups can apply for up to $5,000 in funding for local beautification or neighborhood engagement projects. To ensure the limited City dollars have the greatest impact, each grantee is required to provide matching funds or volunteer time equal to 50% of the grant’s value.

The various grantees have begun planning for their #BeautifySJ projects to take place in 2020.

About the City of San José

With more than one million residents, San José is one of the most diverse large cities in the United States and is Northern California’s largest city and the 10th largest city in the nation. San José’s transformation into a global innovation center has resulted in one of the largest concentrations of technology companies and expertise in the world. In 2011, the City adopted Envision San José 2040, a long-term growth plan that sets forth a vision and a comprehensive road map to guide the City’s anticipated growth through the year 2040.

About Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services

The City of San José Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services has one of the most diverse service models of any agency of its type. The recreation, social services and outdoor spaces serve San José’s million plus residents, and individuals from surrounding cities and communities. PRNS remains committed to building healthy communities through people, parks and programs and to be a national leader in cultivating healthy communities through quality programs and dynamic public spaces.

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