Want to submit a strong application? Below, you can find some pointers.
Have a complete project description in mind. This part, called the “scope,” is the most important part of your application. In order to evaluate the projects, staff must understand the full breadth of the request. You should be able to describe each item requested with respect to location and size, but you do not have to provide overly detailed specifications. Here are some examples:
For landscaping, a location and general size is fine. Landscaping type can be described as “native plants and xeriscape,” or an installation pattern can be described.
For public art displays, describe the location and the type of improvement. For example, a map might be marked with the notation, “install art exhibit in areas marked with a red dot.”
When describing your project, it is helpful to list some of your goals so that staff can better assist with technical issues related to the scope. Examples are:
Create a safer place for people to walk
Add play elements to the park that are attractive and fun
Make our street look more residential and attractive
Refer to Imagine Austin or your neighborhood plan to see how your proposed projects fit into the larger vision for your neighborhood.
Estimate a budget. This will help you with developing the cost-share.
Know your cost-share! In order to be fair to all projects, City staff must calculate the in-kind contributions as accurately as possible. Talk to your neighbors and develop a solid plan so that staff can approve the cost-share.