County Commission awards nearly $40,000 in neighborhood initiative grant funds for variety of projects

Eight neighborhoods to benefit from support

New signage for Siesta Isles on Siesta Key was made possible by the program. File photo
New signage for Siesta Isles on Siesta Key was made possible by the program. File photo

The Sarasota County Commission has awarded nearly $40,000 in Neighborhood Initiative Grant Program funds to help partially pay for neighborhood-initiated improvements.

The funds went to proposed projects that focused on enhancing neighborhood character and environment, a county news release says. The following neighborhoods and their projects received grants:

  • Amaryllis Park: historically oriented trolley tour narrated by local residents.
  • The Arbors: upgrade to LED light fixtures.
  • Devonshire Place: updated entry sign.
  • Gulf Gate Garden Homes: updated entry signs.
  • Myakka Valley Ranches: entryway updates, including signage and landscaping.
  • South Poinsettia Park: decorative street/stop signs.
  • Talon Bay: aeration of retention ponds.
  • Valencia Lakes: shoreline plantings in retention ponds.

The program, which has helped Sarasota County neighborhoods since 2002, requires neighborhood associations to match at least 50% of project expenses, the release points out. While some groups match funds through cash and donations, others opt to garner credit valued at $15 per hour of volunteer labor, the release adds.

Projects can be proposed within one of five themes, the release says: character, leadership, safety, environment and health.

The next round of Neighborhood Initiative Grant Program workshops will be offered this month and in January, with applications anticipated for presentation to the County Commission in June 2017, the release notes.

Registration for workshops is required, the release adds. Dates are available on the Neighborhood Services website; visit, and use “Neighborhood Grants” as the keyword.

Anyone with a project idea for a neighborhood, or anyone who simply wants to learn more about the program, may register for a workshop by calling 861-5000 or emailing