The Venice Neighborhood Council has announced that $20,000 in funding is available to award to community improvement projects this year.

Organizers of improvement projects are encouraged to apply for Los Angeles funding as part of the neighborhood council’s annual program.

The funds will be distributed in June by the neighborhood council to Venice stakeholders and organizations whose project applications meet city funding criteria and demonstrate that they will improve the quality of life in Venice.

First implemented by the Venice council in 2008, the program allocates the bulk of the available community improvement project monies on the basis of competitive applications.

In the first year of the program, the council distributed $60,000, supporting 30 projects with funding ranging from $500 to nearly $5,000. Last year the VNC provided $20,000 to 11 projects, with a maximum amount per project of $2,000. Projects funded have ranged from school gardens to educational opportunities, rock concerts to choral music, and from theatre and photography workshops for children to a senior citizens’ dance.

The maximum funding available to an individual project this year will again be $2,000.

Applications for project funding are available on the VNC Web site at, the Venice public library and at the Venice farmer’s market. Completed applications must be received by March 1st to be considered.