Mayor and Council Member Waniewski Announce $1 Million Grant Program

Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson along with City Councilman Tom Waniewski announced a new District Improvement Grant program. The grant program will provide seed funding for neighborhood solutions to economic development challenges. There will be a grant application process to help identify projects that require funding and ensure that their neighborhood project can demonstrate a public benefit.

The City identified that up to one million dollars to support the grant program will come from the Capital Improvement Fund, General Fund or Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Local individuals can apply for funding on a rolling basis if they are able to meet the qualification criteria. The grant applicant will require citizens to work with their council member to sponsor the application for funding. Once the application is received, the project plan will be reviewed and scored.

Applications for District Improvement Grant funding will be scored for need and purpose, implementation plan, evaluation criteria, sustainability through a partnering agency and budget.


“The District Improvement Grant is another innovative community driven program that will support neighborhood building and develop sustainable economic opportunities while creating success for today and tomorrow,” says Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson.

“The District Improvement Grant program is about building our neighborhoods. This is a positive step forward with the Mayor to make opportunities for neighborhood organizations and anchor institutions to make a positive change for the neighborhood”, says City Councilman, Tom Waniewski.