Baton Rouge city residents who want to improve their neighborhood have until Friday to apply for a grant under the city’s new “Love Your Block” program, according to a city-parish news release.

Each project can qualify for up to $750 in grant money under the new program. Possible projects include community gardens, landscaping, murals, signage, graffiti removal and neighborhood clean-up campaigns.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for neighbors to work together to improve their block, get to know each other better, and generally to improve their quality of life,” said Mayor-President Kip Holden in the release.

Sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation and Exxon Mobil Corporation, the new program encourages neighbors to work together to fight blight and make their block a better place to live. The program will provide at least 20 grants of up to $750 apiece for block beautification and improvement.

The Love Your Block initiative was developed under a $200,000 Cities of Service Leadership Grant, funded jointly by the Rockefeller Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies, to encourage and promote volunteerism.

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

For more information, call the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods at (225) 389-3039 ext. 106 or email