Neighborhood groups can now apply for $750 grants for community projects under the city of Baton Rouge’s “Love Your Block” program.

Community gardens, landscaping, new signage and graffiti removal are just some of the projects that qualify communities for the minigrant.

The program, sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation and Exxon Mobil Corp., encourages neighbors to work together to fight blight.

At least 20 grants of up to $750 will be awarded for block beautification and improvement.

Mayor-President Kip Holden said in a news release that neighborhood improvements can help reduce crime, citing studies that show more crime occurs in neglected neighborhoods.

“By encouraging volunteers to help revitalize these blighted neighborhoods, we’re hoping to make Baton Rouge a better and safer place for everyone,” Holden said.

Applications for “Love Your Block” grants are being accepted now and can be downloaded with instructions at

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