About Us

Fulton Neighborhood Revitalization Program

The transition from a stable community to today’s Fulton didn’t happen overnight. It has taken decades and is the result of tens of thousands of small decisions: whether to stay or move; whether to paint the house this year or next; whether to rent out grandma’s house after she passes or sell it; and many more.

Houses are inanimate. They don’t maintain themselves. They don’t fall into disrepair on their own. They improve or decline solely because of who owns or lives in them. So, the place to intervene is wherever it is possible to reimagine and grow a community’s capacity to return to high standards, to exhibit pride, and to become civically re-engaged.

That’s Where We Come In

The Fulton Block Challenge is a neighborhood revitalization program that encourages clusters of neighbors to collaborate on exterior improvements to their properties in order to build confidence in Fulton’s neighborhoods and inspire others to reinvest.

Benefits of Participation

Neighbors who apply for and receive designation as a “Building Block” will have access to resources that will accelerate their home improvement projects and their neighborhood revitalization, including:

  • Matching funds for exterior improvements (dollar-for-dollar match, up to $1,000)
  • Houses on corners of intersections may be eligible for a bonus
  • Access to discounts from sponsoring hardware stores and garden centers

Examples of Eligible Improvements:

  • Painting
  • Porch repair
  • Soffit repair
  • Sidewalk repair
  • Mailboxes
  • Exterior lights
  • Front yard landscaping
  • Front doors/screen doors
  • And more
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How is the Challenge Supported?

Foundation and corporate sponsors provide funding for matching grants. Sponsoring businesses offer special discounts to participants, and Fulton Block Builders administers the program and helps facilitate coordination with the City of Fulton.

You Can Make It Happen

You can be a part of restoring this wonderful community. Improvements will start in summer, 2017!

We have received some funding from local business and industry to help get us started.  Your tax-deductible contribution to Fulton Block Builders —a 501 (c) 3 organization—will keep the project going and return neighborhood and city pride.

FAQ

How Can I Participate?

  • Neighbors who apply for and receive designation as a “Building Block” will have access to resources that will accelerate their home improvement projects and their neighborhood’s revitalization, including:
  • Matching funds for exterior improvements (dollar-for-dollar match up to $1,000.00)
  • Houses on the corners of intersections may be eligible for a bonus
  • Access to discounts from sponsoring hardware stores and garden centers
  • Find Your Color bonus for approved homes

Click on the links below to download:

Paint Fulton Application 

Find Your Color

Challenge Components:

  • Exterior improvements completed by participating property owner (or their chosen contractors) during the summer/fall of 2017
  • Events, such as block parties, organized by the participating neighbors to celebrate the completed work
  • Signage to show that your block is part of the program

What are Examples of Eligible Improvements?

  • Painting
  • Porch repair
  • Soffit repair
  • Sidewalk repair
  • Mailboxes
  • Exterior lights
  • Front yard landscaping
  • Front doors/screen doors

How is the Challenge Supported?

Foundation and corporate sponsors provide funding for the matching grants. Sponsoring businesses offer special discounts to participants. Fulton Block Builders administers the program and helps facility coordination within the City of Fulton.

What are the Selection Criteria?

The number of blocks designated in any given year is based on resource availability and the quality of applications received. The following criteria will be taken into consideration during the process of designating “Fulton Building Blocks” in 2017:

  • Number of participating properties: Proposed neighborhood clusters should have at least 50% participating properties on the same block or street. Clusters may include homeowners and landlords.
  • Organization: Proposed clusters should demonstrate a commitment to cultivating strong communication between neighbors and a shared sense of identity so that momentum gained in 2017 can be carried forward.
  • Strategic value: Proposed clusters in the 2017 Target Areas will receive special consideration (Announced in the Valley News, March, 2017).

How do I Apply?

  1. Recruit neighbors to participate in the Challenge with you.
  2. Fill out the pre-application and submit to the Fulton Block Builders. (Below)
  3. Meet with the Community Ambassador. Your cluster will get an assessment of your block, ideas for neighborhood activities, and application assistance.
  4. Fill out and turn in the final application. (Final Application Forms-coming soon) Your cluster will have to outline the scope of work at each house, how you propose to complete the work, other resources you can provide, and how you plan to develop and sustain a neighborhood identity.
  5.  Read our tips for a competitive grant application. (Below)

Click on the links below to download:

Pre-application form

Neighbor block challenge sample letter

Tips for making you application more competitive

Key Dates:

Target areas announced in March, 2017
Pre-applications due by Saturday, April 1, 2017
Final applications due by Monday, May 1, 2017
Awards announced by Monday, May 15, 2017
Improvement projects and events: Summer and Fall 2017

 

Contact Us

Fulton Block Builders
Linda Eagan
Ph:  (315) 529-9181

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