Got an idea to build a better neighborhood? Public Works could fund it

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The city Department of Public Works on Monday will launch the 2022 Neighborhood Infrastructure Partnership program.

Public Works invites nonprofits and other community groups to submit proposals to land cash grants for transportation projects that can include ideas for sidewalks, street resurfacing, multiuse paths, and bridges. It’s the fifth year of the program, and Mayor Joe Hogsett said at a Friday news conference that the effort helps build better communities.

Indy Public Works “is able to double the effective value of tax dollars and increase the number of neighborhood and community-based projects that we can address, and at the same time jump-starting development that would not otherwise be possible,” the Democrat mayor said.

Public Works will begin accepting applications starting Monday. Matching awards are worth up to $500,000, and the program will dole out $2 million. In the past four years, $10 million was awarded to 45 projects.

Application materials, including both a program description and a form for submissions. will be available online starting Monday. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 31. Projects will be announced in March. Anyone with questions was invited to email DPWEngineering@indy.gov.