Clean Streets LA Challenge

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The Clean Streets LA Challenge will award Neighborhood Councils, nonprofits, and other community groups in LA who take action to address street cleanliness in our neighborhoods and implement exceptional community improvement projects. Strategies can include, but are not limited to:

Below, you will find a timeline for important dates, printable resources, data tools, and frequently asked questions to help support your strategies for keeping our streets clean. Be sure to download this manual for important contacts, instructions on applying, and a copy of the application. Please submit your application before Thursday, October 5, 2017 in order to be considered for the challenge. 

Click here to to view and complete the online application.

Table of Contents

Clean Streets LA Challenge Timeline

Printable Resources

Data Tools

Frequently Asked Questions

Submit your Application

Contact Us


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 October 5

Last Clean Streets LA applications due. 

Challenge Period October 5 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.

Printable Resources

Data Tools

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. 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 protected]

Where can we look to find additional partners?

If you are having difficulty finding partners, you can look to these resources at the Valley nonprofit resource center, Do Good in LA, and Greatnonprofits which list groups active in your area.

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.


Submit Your Application


Contact Us

If you have any questions, use the form below or email Wendy Renteria at [email protected]