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Neighborhood Purpose Grants


NPGs, or Neighborhood Purpose Grants, are a way for neighborhood councils to partner with and support non-profit organizations and public schools on projects that provide a public benefit to the community. Eligible organizations include 501(c)(3) non-profits as well as public schools. (Please note that grants cannot be issued to religious organizations or to private schools.)

These grants, which are typically between $500 and $5000, are awarded from the neighborhood council’s yearly budget.

Neighborhood councils currently receive $32,000 each fiscal year to use for operational expenses, outreach, community improvement projects, and Neighborhood Purpose Grants. Neighborhood councils are only able to roll over up to $10,000 from one fiscal year into the next. This means that towards the end of the fiscal year, especially during the months of March, April, and May, neighborhood councils often try to redirect unspent funds to the community through Neighborhood Purpose Grants.


A Neighborhood Purpose Grant must provide a demonstrable benefit to the community. An NPG activity should build community, enhance the neighborhood, and be open, accessible, and free to the general public. Projects may encompass a wide range and can include, but are not limited to:

• The Arts
• Beautification
• Community Support
• Education
• Community Improvements


How to Apply

(Neighborhood Purpose Grants will not be available until the 2022-23 Fiscal Year)

1. Please review the grant application package from the City Clerk’s website.

2. Complete the 
application form.

      (Sample of Application submitted by a School) | (Sample of Applications submitted by Organization)

Along with the NPG application form and IRS tax ID information the a detailed proposal needs to be included:


  • Detailed information of how and where you serve the Harbor City community

  • Percentage of the Harbor City Community you serve

  • Other entities you have gone to or plan to request funds from

  • How the project will benefit the Harbor City community/how many stakeholders will be affected

  • How much funds you have acquired before coming to Harbor City NC

  • Invoices of total estimated costs of said project

  • Pictures of where the said project will be located or held, etc. 

  • Note:  A Project Completion Report Form should be filled out after a grant has been awarded to show the council how the funds were spent.  (See last page of Application form)


3. Submit your application to Harbor City NC at 

4. At the board meeting, plan to provide a brief presentation or explanation about your proposal.

The board will discuss your proposal and hear any comments from the public before voting on the NPG. Grants are approved by a majority vote of the board.

If you have any questions, please contact Harbor City NC at or the Office of the City Clerk, Neighborhood Council Funding Program at (213) 978-1058 or toll free at 3-1-1 or by email at

To view Harbor City NC NPG budget, visit the Neighborhood Council Funding System Dashboard at

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