“Know Your Neighbors” Grant Program

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2014 Know Your Neighbor Grant Program. This website will be updated with 2015 information after City Council reviews the results of the program in spring 2015.

The Know Your Neighbors Grant Program is program designed to help neighbors better connect with each other while strengthening community and improving the quality of life and neighborhoods in Palo Alto. In 2014, the City Council approved the program on May 5, 2014. A copy of the staff report can be found here. We look forward to updating the City Council in spring 2015 to obtain authorization for the 2015 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.

Be Creative!
Creative ideas for neighborhood activities are highly encouraged!

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In 2013, the City received a total of 36 grant applications. Twenty-three grants were approved for a total amount of $18,875 with a total of 3,275 people participating in activities. The average cost per participant $5.76 per participant. Eight grant applications totaling $6,500 were withdrawn due to participants not being able to complete planning or organizing efforts. Five grant applications were received after the events were completed and therefore not eligible due to the program guidelines. Grants funded activities including block parties, emergency preparedness events and unique events. Unique events were items activities such as Camp Iris, Palo Alto Yoga Day, Barron Park’s Movie in the Park, College Terrace Community Green Events and Downtown North Food Trucks Friday Nights. Information for 2014 we will upload in the early part of 2015.


   Camp Iris Way & Block Party 
Residents of Camp Iris Way 

Crime Prevention & Safety Fair
 Leland Manor ePrep Group

 Food Truck Fridays
 Downtown North Neighborhood

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. Each applicant will be notified of the result of the evaluation of their proposal. 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 within 6 months of receiving notification from the City of grant award. Activities may begin after grant approval and must be completed within twelve months. A follow up evaluation must be completed within 30 days of the activity/event conclusion and must provide 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.

Contact Us
For more information, please contact Khashayar "Cash" Alaee at the City Manager’s Office at (650) 329-2230 or email KYNgrants@cityofpaloalto.org.

Last Updated: Mar 18, 2015