Frequently Asked Questions about the Neighborhood Partnering Program

Looking for assistance with a project through the Neighborhood Partnering Program? To learn about what you'll need to apply and what to expect after you submit your application visit our Neighborhood Partnering Program Applications Instructions Page. Click on any of the frequently asked questions below to learn more about other questions you might have!

What kinds of projects does NPP sponsor? 

As long as the eligibility requirements are met, NPP will consider any small to medium-sized project and work with your group to determine if the project is a good fit for the program. Projects must comply with all City codes and regulations. Some projects may require approval from multiple City departments. Contact NPP staff to determine if a project is feasible or allowable at the proposed location before you complete a full application.

I have an idea for my neighborhood. Do I need others to join in?

NPP is all about community and these projects can really bring together a neighborhood or community. We are happy to discuss your ideas, but keep in mind the application must come from a local group, such as a neighborhood association, community organization, or other non-profit entity. Multiple groups can apply together or sign on as additional partners.  

If you are not already representing such a group, you will need to look for one who is interested in partnering in order to apply.  

How long does it take to complete an application and get approved? 

Completion of the application takes time. NPP staff will work with you to answer your questions and guide you through the process.  

Applications are reviewed by NPP staff to ensure they are complete and eligible for approval.  

For Neighborhood Cost Share - after the application deadline date, all applications are prepared for consideration at the NPP Board meeting, which usually takes about three months after the application deadline. 

For Adopt-A-Median and Grant Assistance Program – applications are reviewed and considered as they are received. Approval time depends on the complexity of the project and the availability of City staff to confirm and review proposals. 

How big is a small or medium sized project? 

NPP works with projects costing up to $500,000. 

Small project costing less than $150,000 require at least a 30% match from the community. 

Medium-sized projects over $150,000 and less than $500,000 require at least a 50% match from the community, and are expected to have a larger scale benefit to the community. 

How do I know if the land is City-Owned? 

Visit the Travis Central Appraisal District Website or use the City of Austin’s Property Profile Tool to search for a property. You can search by address, or use the map search to find the area you’re considering. Contact NPP if you are having trouble determining if a space is eligible for the program. 

I need help with my application, will you provide assistance?

Yes – based on availability, we can help you work through the application. You may not always know or be able to determine the answers for each section of the application. In some cases the City may need to assist you to determine budgets or discuss maintenance. If you have questions, or if you are struggling with any sections of the application, contact NPP and let us know how we can help. 

We can also present more information about NPP to your group or organization. 

My project idea does not qualify for NPP, what other resources can I look to for help with my local project? 

Austin Parks Foundation – ACL Music Festival Grants Program 

Cultural Arts Division – Funding Opportunities for Creative Industries 

Development Services Department – Urban Forest Grant 

Economic Development Department - Heritage Grant 

Keep Austin Beautiful – Beautification Resources 

Texas Parks and Wildlife – Recreational Trails Grants 

FAQs about the Neighborhood Cost Sharing Program 

How long does it take to complete a project?

Every project is different and timelines depend on the scale of the project and type of work. NPP aims to complete projects within 6 to 18 months after they’re approved (not when they are submitted).

What must be included in my Neighborhood Cost Share Program application? 

Visit the Neighborhood Partnering Program Application Instructions Page to learn about the application process.

Examples of project applications can be found in the links at the NPP Project Summaries page

Who maintains the project once it's built? 

The City will maintain most infrastructure improvements, such as sidewalks or bike lanes. In most other cases, your organization is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep for the project’s life. 

Are community gardens eligible for the Neighborhood Cost Share Program? 

Yes, community gardens are great projects for the Neighborhood Cost Share Program and are eligible for funding. Community gardens have special permitting and review requirements and will also need to go through the City’s Community Gardens Program. Contact NPP if you are interested in a community garden project. 

FAQs about Adopt-A-Median and Grant Assistance Programs 

What is the Adopt-A-Median program?

Medians are the strip of land that are often located between two directional traffic. In the past, residents have beautified medians with landscaping, bird houses, murals, and more.  

The Adopt-A-Median program has grown beyond just roadway medians. Now, projects that do not require City-funding and that are intended to improve right of ways or other City-owned land qualify for the adopt-a-median program. 

The “right of way” is public space that people use to travel; like streets, sidewalks, bridges, and alleys. Projects can also occur on other City-owned land, like retaining walls, trails, easements and underpasses. 

What is the maximum amount NPP will award in the Grant Assistance Program? 

The program can help fund up to 50% of the local match requirement for a separate grant. The applicant must be responsible for fundraising or otherwise providing the remaining portion. 

What types of grants qualify for the Grant Assistance Program? 

We will consider most types of grants that come from entities other than the City of Austin. The grant must be used for projects on public spaces to create a long-lasting benefit for local communities.