BNA Small Grants Program 2017

For 2017, the Boise Neighborhood Association (BNA) is pleased to offer 4 grants of $500 to benefit and enhance the neighborhood. The BNA strives to represent the interests of all those living or working in the Boise neighborhood.


Grant Applications Available: March 22, 2017

Grant Applications Deadline: April 26, 2017

Awards Announced: May 3, 2017

Grant Winner Presentations: May 8, 2017 (BNA meeting)

Projects must be completed no later than: March 1, 2018

Final report and documentation due: April 1, 2018

Project Criteria

Four applicants will receive $500. Applicants must reside in or work within the Boise neighborhood boundaries.
To be considered for funding, project proposals should describe clearly how the project will reflect the values of the Boise Neighborhood. BNA board members are not eligible to apply for grants for which they would be listed as the project lead. Projects should strive to achieve one or more of the following: involve and engage the community; increase the number and diversity of people who are involved and engaged in our neighborhood; strengthen capacity to build community cohesion, skills, relationships and partnerships; preservation or enhancement of natural or public areas; address environmental sustainability; build capacity for local food production, emergency preparedness or community resilience; social and economic equity and inclusion.


Over the years, we have heard numerous examples of ways our community members are enhancing our neighborhood. Past projects include: Alley beautification, sponsoring murals, building/ restoring a community garden, organizing block parties, enhancing open space with native plants.

Small Grant Winners

Two $500 grants were awarded to Melinda Matson and Andrine de la Rocha for community projects. They had clear budgets and timelines, had reached out to partners, outlined their project clearly.

  • Melinda Matson - Alley project - OR Tradeswomen will teach Kairos School students to make benches and planter boxes to activate the Beech-Failing Alley.

  • Andrine de la Rocha - Boise-Eliot Native Grove - Planting native plants in a PBOT piece of land by the freeway, add benches, educational signage, mason bee homes. In Dec 2017, a second award of $500 was given to this project.

  • Partial grant awarded in kind to Veah Keyes to get people to donate supplies to make rag dolls with children at festivals and street fairs. BNA procured her tables at Mississippi Street Fair and Good in the Hood.