Clean Streets LA Challenge
Thank you for your interest in the Clean Streets LA Challenge!
This page is a resource and guide for participants in the Clean Streets LA Challenge. Be sure to download this manual for important contacts, instructions on applying, and a copy of the application. This Challenge will award Neighborhood Councils and nonprofits in LA who take action to address street cleanliness in our neighborhoods. Strategies can include, but are not limited to:
- Raising awareness for the MyLA311 app and 311 call service
- Assigning block captains to regularly file reports using MyLA311
- Hosting community cleanups
- Sponsoring and developing any of these listed community improvement efforts.
Below, you will find a timeline for important dates, printable resources, data tools, and frequently asked questions to help support your strategies to keeping our streets clean.
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Clean Streets LA Challenge Timeline
Application Opens August 10
Application period opens and Challenge begins. Approved applicants can start hosting community cleanup and Challenge events. Click here to to view and complete the online application.
Applications are DUE September 21
Last Clean Streets LA applications due. Applications received after this date will be rejected.
Challenge Period October 1 through November 30
All participants are actively hosting Clean Streets Challenge events
Challenge ends November 30
Participants submit Reporting and Monitoring Plan to the Clean Streets LA Challenge.
Evaluation Period December 1 through December 15
Reporting materials from each participant are reviewed by a Challenge committee comprised of members of the Board of Public Works, Neighborhood Empowerment, and the City of LA’s Bureau of Sanitation.
Awards announced end of December
The Departments of Public Works and Neighborhood Empowerment will announce and distribute awards.
To assist you in identifying assets and areas of greatest need, we've developed CleanStat Clean Streets Index which is a comprehensive survey of the cleanliness of L.A. streets. When reviewing applications, the Board of Public Works will prioritize strategies that address streets and neighborhoods with cleanliness scores of 2 and 3.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I'm eligible to participate?
Eligible participants must meet the following criteria: be a Neighborhood Council or active nonprofit organization with a valid 501(c)3 taxpayer ID in the City of Los Angeles.
Who is the "Lead Applicant"?
The "Lead Applicant" is the organization that submits the application. The "Lead Applicant" must be either a Neighborhood Council, a nonprofit, or community organization with 501(c)3 status or other valid taxpayer ID. This is so our office can properly distribute the awards grant. The "Lead Applicant" will be the recipient of the final award. Awards can be distributed among partner organizations at their discretion.
How does a Neighborhood Council join a partnership or adopt a role as "Lead Applicant"?
In order for a Neighborhood Council to apply or join an existing application, the Neighborhood Council Board must approve by a majority vote with quorum.
My Neighborhood Council does not have a quorum. Can we still participate?
Yes! If the Neighborhood Council of which you are a member currently does not have a quorum, you can work with Department of Neighborhood Empowerment Field Director Leyla Campos on adopting an application or partnership. She can be emailed at email@example.com
Where can we look to find additional partners?
How are grants distributed?
Awards will be distributed at the conclusion of the contest. The recipient of the award will be the Lead Applicant of partnerships that successfully execute the strategies outlined in their application. Applicants will be informed of the dollar value of their grant upon approval of their application. Upon receiving this information, applicants are not required to execute their strategy if they deem the award insufficient. However, the award will only be given to applicants that fully execute the strategy outlined in their application. Teams that complete only part of their strategy will be awarded a partial amount of the total award for which they are eligible.
If you have any questions, use the form below or email us at cleanstreetsla.@lacity.org.