The Venice Neighborhood Council has announced that it has some additional money available to award to community improvement projects.

The council is inviting community organizations and individuals to apply for a second round of community improvement projects, which will be funded to a maximum of $3,000. The extra money was made available due to a change in the funding guidelines imposed by the city of Los Angeles.

Applications for city funding are now available at, and also the Vera Davis Center, 610 California Ave., and the Venice Public Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd. Applications must be postmarked no later than Oct. 3 in order to be considered. Projects may begin after Feb. 1, 2012 and must be completed before April 15, 2012.

Current recipients of community improvement funding are not eligible to apply during this cycle. All events must be free and open to the public to be considered.

The council uses a competitive process to select which projects to fund.

“We are extremely proud of the Community Improvement Projects we have funded over the last five years,” said Linda Lucks, president of the Venice Neighborhood Council. “We regularly make 50 percent of our annual budget available to the community in the form of these projects – and the community has been remarkably creative in responding with projects that improve the quality of life for Venice stakeholders.”