There are many pocket parks, playgrounds and other projects that have been funded throughout the past 15 years by the  Neighborhood Project Funds through the office of Neighborhoods in Missoula. Portions of the funds have also gone to help spruce up the gray traffic signal boxes with art all throughout  town. The upcoming grant cycle for Neighborhood Project Funds is quickly approaching.  Neighborhood Liasion Jane Kelly says  Any industrious Missoulians can gather a group of volunteers and apply for funding and do something noteworthy in their own parts of town. (That interview is attached below)

Community members may submit grant applications for up to $3,000.If you are interested  in giving back to your community you can attend the upcoming workshops the first one is on Wednesday January 11th at the Jack Reidy Conference Room at 140 W. Pine St. 5:30 – 7 p.m. This is a Pre-application Workshop:

• Get ideas for projects
• Read through a successful application.
• Identify the committee review process & use of funds.
• Answer questions about your application.
• Gain technical assistance for grant writing.

The second one is on Wednesday Jan. 25, 2012 at the Jack Reidy Conference Room at 140 W. Pine St. 5:30 – 7 p.m.

This is a Question & Answer with City Staff
• Come to this workshop with an application for review.
• Bring specific questions for City staff.
• Identify any gaps in your application.
• Application deadline January  31, 2012.