Rancho Palos Verdes Reinstates Beautification Grant Program – Daily Breeze


Rancho Palos Verdes resurrected after about a decade a grant program meant to help beautify the city.

The Neighborhood Beautification Grant program provided $ 1.6 million in grants to 122 neighborhood groups in the city from 1989 to 2010 before it was closed.

And this week, city council voted unanimously to bring back the program – starting with $ 25,000 from the city’s main budget.

“All you have to do,” said City Councilor Barbara Ferraro, “is walk around town and see how different owners and groups have improved signage, walls and entrances in various areas.”

City Councilor Eric Alegria also said he is delighted the program is returning.

“We’ve been hearing some neighborhoods for quite some time, for a few years, waiting for this to come back,” Alegria said at the Tuesday, Dec. 7 council meeting.

Under the program, neighborhood groups with three or more households, such as homeowners associations, or a multi-family residential development managed by a property management company, can apply for a grant.

The grant money must be used on a project visible to the general public. These projects can range from installing new neighborhood entrance signs to improving, replacing or repairing track walls, administrative analyst McKenzie Bright said in a telephone interview this week.

  • The city of Rancho Palos Verdes approved a beautification grant program that was discontinued in 2012. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

  • The city of Rancho Palos Verdes approved a beautification grant program that was discontinued in 2012. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

  • The city of Rancho Palos Verdes approved a beautification grant program that was discontinued in 2012. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

  • The city of Rancho Palos Verdes approved a beautification grant program that was discontinued in 2012. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

  • The town of Rancho Palos Verdes approved a beautification grant program that was discontinued in 2012. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

  • The city of Rancho Palos Verdes approved a beautification grant program that was discontinued in 2012. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

The initial grants of $ 1.6 million came from rebates from EDCO Recycling and Transfer, a waste disposal company. That money was used to fund the Neighborhood Beautification Grant program until it was officially suspended in 2012, Bright said.

In 2012, city council voted to return that money to EDCO in favor of using the funds to reduce solid waste charges, Bright said. This has led to a decrease in waste bills.

From now on, the $ 25,000 will come from the Town’s General Fund. Grants will vary from $ 1,000 to $ 5,000.

The city will accept applications from January 3 to April 15.

Community Development, Public Works and City Manager departments will use a scoring rubric to select grant recipients.

Information: rpvca.gov.

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