Monday, May 19, 2008

Highland Area Partnership (HAP) announces grant guidelines in the 2008 Home Improvement Program

Property owners and residents of Highland may submit an application outlining plans for significant, highly visible home improvements to their property in hopes of getting one of 10 grants of $500, says HAP.

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, 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.

Kenneth Koonce
Highland Area Partnership, Inc.
(318) 869-5706


Pan's Pantry said...

HAP is such a great organization and this grant such a wonderful contribution to the community. I am off to fill out my application right now.

Anonymous said...

HAP is an active advocate for broad-based issues such as zoning and land use, capital improvements, public and private development, housing renovation and public schools enhancement.