The Neighborhood Matching funds will be awarded on the basis of merit, with a maximum of $5,000 available per project.
For every dollar requested from the Matching Fund, the neighborhood must identify match items that add up to equal the value of the amount requested. So, if a $1,000 is requested from the city, then at least $1,000 of match must be proposed (and provided when the application is approved).
Match items can be donated professional services, donated materials or supplies, volunteer labor, or cash. The best way to identify match items is to look over a list of all the resources needed to complete the project and decide which items can be provided by donors in the neighborhood.
Professional services and skilled labor who donate their services as part of the neighborhood match cannot also receive compensation from the City's match money. This is intended to ensure that people hired to provide services or skilled labor are selected on the basis of their qualifications, experience, and fees.