Every time I visit Flower Craft Nursery on Bayshore, I think about what the lot across the street from it could look like with a little bit of grant money. Of course, I’m back at Flower Craft because like many local Bernal Heights North residents, I’ve had in my plants snatched by the mysterious plant snatcher.
If you are looking to beautify in the neighborhood, you can follow the lead of Friends of Bernal Gardens. They took over an ugly dusty hill and turned it into a beautiful neighborhood space. They did this by investing their own time and money and then applying for a grant from the city.
At one point, this grant was called the Neighborhood Beautification Fund. That has now been changed to the Community Challenge Grant program. They accept applications twice a year and are receptive to projects that create green spaces, gathering places, public art, and other neighborhood amenities.
If you have a project in mind for the North Bernal Heights neighborhood, here is your chance to get serious funding for your idea. Most grants are offered through community match programs. For this reason, getting involved with the NorthWest Bernal Alliance is a great starting point. You can reach the NorthWest Bernal Alliance about new member meetings at northwestbernal at aol dot com.