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Love Your Block In-Kind Sponsorship Application

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  2. Love Your Block In-Kind Sponsorship Program
    Guidelines and Application
  3. Program Guidelines

    The Love Your Block In-Kind Sponsorship Program is funded through a partnership between the Community Services Department 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.

    The LYB In-Kind Sponsorship Program will provide in-kind supplies to proposals that improve environmental quality by engaging community volunteers to clean-up and beautify Richmond.

    Eligible Applicants

    • Must not currently be in contract for a Love Your Block Mini-Grant 

    Eligible Project Areas

    • Must occur within the boundaries of City of Richmond
    • Must occur in an area that is accessible to the public

    Ineligible Project Areas

    • Unincorporated areas
    • Areas that encroach on property of other public agencies, including but not limited to CalTrans, BART, and railway. Exceptions can be made if there is an existing agreement between applicant and the agency.

    Eligible Projects

    • Clean-up and beautification projects that engage community volunteers. Projects that do not include clean-up and beautification or do not engage volunteers will not be considered.
    • Examples of projects include but are not limited to: community clean-ups (i.e. trash pickup, weed abatement, and/or pruning); ongoing maintenance, revitalization, or expansion of a community garden; creation of a new community garden; painting projects; ongoing maintenance, revitalization, or expansion of Little Free Libraries; and installation of new Little Free Libraries.

    Eligible Supplies

    Supplies must be able to be purchased online or locally. Examples include, but are not limited to:

    • Trash bags
    • Plants
    • Gardening and landscaping supplies, such as weed fabric, lumber, hardware, soil
    • Painting supplies such as paint, primer, sealer, paint brushes and rollers, tarp, paint cups and trays, and buckets
    • Pre-packaged drinks, snacks, and refreshments for volunteers
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as face masks, gloves, safety glasses, and sanitizer
    • Fliers, banners, and signage

    Please note, gift cards are not considered supplies and are not eligible under this program. 

    In-Kind Sponsorship Amounts & Limits

    There is a total of $15,000 available for FY2021-2022. Sponsorships are limited to $1,000 of supplies per applicant or organization per fiscal year. Each fiscal year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30. There is no minimum request.

    This is an in-kind sponsorship program only. Applicants will not receive any monetary contributions. 


    Sponsorship applications for FY2021-2022 will be accepted until May 31, 2022 for projects or events that will be completed on or before June 30, 2022.

    Application Review

    Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications should be submitted at least 30 days in advance of the start date of the project. Submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance.

    Love Your Block staff review forms for satisfaction of eligibility requirements. Staff may request a site visit and/or other meeting with the applicant to verify information. Applicants are required to comply with site visit and meeting requests to maintain eligibility for the program.

    Responses to applications will generally be provided within five (5) business days. Please contact us if you have not received a response within five (5) business days.

    Sponsorship Requirements

    If you are selected to receive an in-kind sponsorship, you will be required to:

    • Take and submit before, during, and after photos of the project.
    • Obtain additional approvals and/or permits from City departments, commissions, or City Council as necessary.
    • Tag the following City of Richmond Facebook accounts in content related to the sponsored project: @richmondloveyourblock, @richmondcsd, and @RichmondEH
    • Tag the following City of Richmond Instagram accounts in content related to the sponsored project: @richmondloveyourblock and @richmondcsd
    • Use the following language in content related to the sponsored project: "Funded by the Love Your Block In-Kind Sponsorship Program from the City Manager's Office, Economic Development and Community Services Department". On a case-by-case basis, three (3) provided City of Richmond logos may be substituted for the language.
    • Pick up all supplies at a City of Richmond facility. No supplies will be shipped or otherwise delivered to the recipient.
    • Submit a metrics form after the project is completed.


    Contact or 510-620-6563.

  4. Love Your Block In-Kind Sponsorship Application

    Applicant Information

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  6. Event Information
  7. Upload one "before" photo showing the current condition of the project site.

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