Be sure your application includes:
- A completed application form.
- At least five signatures of support from your neighborhood.
- A description detailing how the project meets selection criteria.
- Sketches of the project (if possible).
- An accurate description of the project location.
Avoid the most common application pitfalls:
The project must have a clear benefit to the neighborhood.
- Projects that only benefit a few individuals will not be considered.
Be sure the project is located on public property
- When considering projects on school properties, please contact City of Lakewood.
- Quasi-public land, like homeowners association common property, require the dedication of a permanent easement to the City of Lakewood.
Be sure the project cost is under $50,000.
- Talk with City of Lakewood staff for assistance with cost estimates.
- Less costly projects generally have a better chance of receiving funding.
Be sure the scope and description of the project is clear.
It is difficult to put a dollar value on vague ideas.
- It is impossible to build a project without a specific location.
- Specific instructions and descriptions should be included in the application.
Be sure the project clearly meets as many program criteria as possible.
- Describe in detail how the project meets each criteria.
- Matching funds add significant value to the project ranking.
- Labor generally does not count as matching contributions.
- Irrigating live plants adds to installation and maintenance costs.
- The more signatures, the better.
Remember applications are not considered for projects falling under the scope of another City program. These include:
- Sidewalk repair.
- Speed humps.
- Street paving or repair.
- Traffic signals, signs or enforcement.