Monday, May 19, 2008
Highland Area Partnership (HAP) announces grant guidelines in the 2008 Home Improvement Program
Among other things, judges will consider overall benefit to the neighborhood and prior improvements to the property(s).
Deadline for submission is June 10. Applicants must agree to complete their work and submit receipts no later than August 15.
Applications may be obtained at www.highlandareapartnership.org, at the HAP office located at 106 East Kings Highway (Centenary Square, Centenary College campus) or at Lila’s Cakes and Chocolates at 440 Olive Street.
The contest was created in 1996 as part of HAP’s mission to aid in revitalization of Shreveport’s historic Highland neighborhood. In the 12 years since, the organization has distributed 81 awards totaling more than $40,000. The awards have helped with everything from landscape to major repairs. The organizers have noticed a change in the type and scope of the projects since then. “In the beginning, we had requests for general maintenance. Now, we have people wishing to complete large scale change,” said HAP Committee Chair Kenneth Koonce.
The organization attributes this to fact that people are rediscovering the charm of historic Highland. “We have it all! Charming, well-built homes with established landscape, trendy boutiques and delicious restaurants are right around the corner. Plus, you have a safe, friendly, and pedestrian-oriented area,” Koonce added.
Recent changes in grants have meant the loss of funding for administrative staff. Executive Director Dorothy McDonald has resigned, but plans to remain active as a HAP member and volunteer.
Highland Area Partnership, Inc.