2023-2025 Love Your Block Mini-Grant Application Cycle

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The Fiscal Years (FY) 2023-2025 Love Your Block Mini-Grant Application Cycle is now OPEN! The deadline to submit your application package is Friday, February 23, 2024 at 11:59 pm. The application portal will automatically deactivate at that time. Applications are only being accepted electronically. E-mailed application packages are no longer accepted.


Since 2015, Love Your Block has awarded 57 mini-grants totaling over $250,000 to volunteer-based projects in Richmond, led by your neighbors and local organizations. The Love Your Block (LYB) Mini-Grant Program is returning again this year, funded through a partnership between the Community Services Department - Recreation and the City Manager’s Office, Economic Development. 

A resolution was approved by City Council on December 17, 2019, approving a solid waste Franchise Fee adjustment of a 7.5 percent increase to develop I Heart Richmond. The funding can be used for: 1) Compliance and enforcement of local and state solid waste reduction and recycling laws; 2) Prevention of litter and blight; and 3) Improving overall environmental quality and health. 

LYB Mini-Grants will fund proposals that improve environmental quality by engaging community volunteers to clean-up and beautify Richmond.


For inquiries or clarification regarding this program or application, please contact Love Your Block, Community Services Department at volunteer@ci.richmond.ca.us or 510-620-6563.

One-on-one Zoom office hours are highly recommended to assist you with your application. Schedule virtual office hours now!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) will also be posted on a rolling basis. View FAQ for the Love Your Block Mini-Grant.

Love Your Block Mini-Grant Documents

Click the links or images to view and download Love Your Block Mini-Grant Documents:

  • LYB Mini-Grant Guidelines - Please read this thoroughly before and as you prepare your application.
  • LYB Mini-Grant Application
  • LYB Mini-Grant Budget Proposal Template (Excel)
  • ONLINE SUBMISSION PROCESS: Submit your LYB Mini-Grant Application package by 11:59 pm on Friday, February 23, 2024
  • Prepare for your submission. There are several documents you will have to attach to the submission portal based on your organization or project type. Please make sure you have them all. Items marked with an * must be completed by your fiscal sponsor if you are using one.
    • Completed application (all sections completed and questions answered)
    • Completed budget proposal
    • Project site photo
    • Proof of 501(c)3 status (Non-Profit Status Determination letter from the IRS)*
    • City of Richmond W-9 form*, if applicant does not have an active vendor number
    • Vendor Supplemental Questionnaire*, if applicant does not have an active vendor number
    • Signed Letter of Permission from property owner, if proposal takes place on private property
    • Signed agreement with a public agency, if proposal encroaches on non-City public property
    • Signed agreement between the organization and the fiscal sponsor, if applicable
  • Other information you will need to know:
    • Your vendor number if you have an active vendor number with the City of Richmond
    • Your organization's status with the California Secretary of State
    • Your organization's status with the California Department of Justice Registry of Charitable Trusts
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LYB Mini-Grant Guidelines

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LYB Mini-Grant Application

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LYB Mini-Grant Budget Proposal Template (Excel)

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