Twenty-one Baton Rouge groups will be sprucing up their neighborhoods thanks to grants through the new Love Your Block program, according to a news release from the city-parish.
The grants of up to $750 each will help fund neighborhood community “greening” projects, beautification projects, and a project to control or eradicate paper mulberry trees in Spanish Town.
The Home Depot Foundation contributed $10,000 in Home Depot gift cards for the projects. ExxonMobil contributed an additional $2,500 that will fund six projects.
Also involved is the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, which will administer the grants.
To qualify, each group had to represent a block within the city limits, to be volunteer-led and have a minimum of 10 neighborhood volunteers.
The winning proposals from the 31 applications are:
• Scotlandville Business Assn. — Beautification of store and home fronts with flowers and shrubbery in the area near Southern University.
• New Life Community Center — build a community garden in the Scotlandville area.
• Summer Crossing Homeowners Assn. — Clean out entrance to Summer Crossing neighborhood, and install plants and signs.
• Wickland Terrace Homeowners Assn. — Clean and beautify the neighborhood entrance; install new sign.
• Aveia’s Rainbow Community Garden in Old South Baton Rouge — Build a fence to secure the garden, install a movable deck and six small benches.
• Greater Beulah Baptist Church in Old South Baton Rouge — Clean lots, cut grass and trees, pick up trash and plant a community garden.
• Spanish Town Invasive Pest Project — Control or eradicate paper mulberry trees.
• Stamp of Hope Community Garden in Old South Baton Rouge — Stain planter boxes, purchase compost bin, trash can and paint supplies.
• The Nehemiah Society — Build a community garden in Eden Park.
• Knowledge of Self Garden Groups — Build a community garden in Scotlandville/University City.
• My Father’s House Church – Paint homes and maintain lawns in David Place subdivision.
• New St. John the Baptist Youth Ministry – Building renovations in South Baton Rouge.
• Pelican Nest LRC/South Garden Project — Construct a community garden in Old South Baton Rouge.
• Community Against Drugs and Violence — Install trash cans at bus stop, along with landscaping, a concrete table and three benches.
• Aspirations in the Kildare Subdivision — Build a community garden.
• Beauregarden — Add trellis fixtures to the existing community garden in Beauregard Town.
• BR Zion City Community Development — Construct a community garden in Zion City.
• Estates of Worthington Lakes — Planting, irrigations and mulch.
• Southern Heights Property Owners Assn. — Improve neighborhood entrances with landscaping and plants.
• Martin Luther King Community Center — Clean blighted areas in Eden Park.
• District 10 North Region Community Improvement Team — Maintain lawns of the elderly in Northdale, Standard Heights and Dixie.
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