Know Your Neighbors Grant Program

The City is excited to offer grants to Palo Alto residents through the 2015 Know Your Neighbors Grant Program.

Program Goals

1. Build sense of community.
2. Develop or renew neighborhood relationships.
3. Encourage interaction between generations and cultures.
4. Develop collaborative partnerships between Palo Alto neighborhoods and the City.


1. May 26, 2015 8:00am - Applications Accepted
(Applications submitted before 8:00am will not be considered. Please download the application below. Complete it electronically and submit it to

2. June 8 to 10, 2015 - Grants Awarded

Grant Guidelines & Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a Neighborhood Grant, applicants must be Palo Alto residents and may be representatives of a formal neighborhood association, neighborhood or community group, or informally associated neighbors. Activities must be neighborhood-focused, initiated and supported by residents living in the neighborhood, and have a well-developed implementation plan. Activities must benefit the neighborhood.

Activities must focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • Increase communication among neighbors.
  • Enhance neighborhood pride and identity.
  • Bring both longstanding and new neighbors (moved within last 5 years) together in their neighborhoods and seek to incorporate interaction between generations and cultures.
  • Create new and innovative ideas for neighborhood events.

Funding decisions will be made based on whether activities meet eligibility requirements and on a first come first serve basis. The City reserves the right to suspend or cancel the Neighborhood Grant Program at any time, at the City Manager’s discretion, whether or not all allocated funds have been awarded or dispensed.

Neighborhood groups must complete their activities/events by December 31, 2015. A follow up evaluation must be completed within 30 days of the activity/event conclusion including photos and details about how the activity helped strengthen the neighborhood, how many people were impacted, what new ways neighbors worked to create a more connected community, if objectives were met, and if the project was successful.


Application (Must be submitted.)

Guidelines (Please read.)

Budget Template (Must be submitted with application.)


Program Evaluation

For more information, please contact Khashayar "Cash" Alaee at the City Manager’s Office at (650) 329-2230 or email

Last Updated: May 20, 2015