• Mow and Maintenance Photo
  • Mow and Maintenance Photo
  • Mow and Maintenance Photo

Background

The Neighborhood Mow & Maintenance Program supports innovative community groups and organizations in fundraising efforts through mowing and maintaining vacant properties owned by the Calhoun County Land Bank Authority. This program provides groups opportunities to earn funds for neighborhood organizations, youth group activities, mission trips, field trips, outreach programs, and other events or community efforts. The program provides excellent exposure for the purposes of publicizing your group and its partnership with the community.

The Neighborhood Mow & Maintenance Program pays a seasonal stipend for one mowing season. An assignment of 20 vacant properties is required and properties should be mowed at least every three weeks, in exchange your group will receive a stipend of $3,000.00. The program kicks-off in April and ends in October (dependent on the weather). The typical mowing season lasts from April 30 through to October 20.

2015 Pilot Program Participants

Battle Creek Griffon Rugby Football Club • Golden Star Temple #951
• Project Hope Ministries • Second Missionary Baptist Church
• Southwest Michigan Community Impact Association

Process

A group is defined as an established entity with a Federal Identification Number (IRS form W-9) and a bank account or exists under an organization that does. Proof of liability insurance is required, details on this item are explained more in the application. Additionally a signed liability release form will be required of all group participants, or their parents/guardians, if under age 18. A group leader and co-leader (must be 18 or over) will need to submit an application. Groups are required to provide their own equipment, tools, fuel, and supplies. For most properties, lawn mowers and weed trimmers would be sufficient, although rakes, yard waste bags and shovels would be handy. Gloves, goggles, appropriate footwear, and other safety measures are recommended and are the responsibility of the group. In the event that severe weather impacts the program for a sustained period, the Calhoun County Land Bank Authority reserves the right to adjust the stipend amount.

APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE NOW!!!!

Application deadline is March 16, 2017.