March 2021
Neighborhood Grant Applications Available Now
The City of Valparaiso is now accepting applications for its annual Neighborhood Improvement Grant program. Introduced in 2018, the grants give residents an opportunity to have direct input and influence into the improvement of their own neighborhoods. To date, 38 Neighborhood Improvement Grants have helped neighbors come together and improve spaces with signage, sidewalks, playground equipment and more.

The grants are available for qualified neighborhood-based projects, in increments up to $15,000 per neighborhood with a July 31 deadline to apply. New this year, multiple neighborhoods may join together to submit one application for up to $30,000. Check out this year’s grant guidelines for more information.

A Zoom session on the program guidelines will be hosted by the City's Community Engagement Department on Wednesday, March 31 at 6:00 pm, available at https://zoom.us/j/95330040450.
2021 City Government Academy - limited seats remaining!
Valparaiso residents who are interested in learning more about how their local government works can apply for the City Government Academy 2021 program! By participating in the Academy, you will gain a deeper understanding of how local government works, meet government leaders and department heads, understand how citizens can become more engaged in public decision-making and serve as role models for the community. 

The Academy will run from April 14 to May 26, meeting on Wednesday evenings. View the detailed schedule and guidelines. This is a free program for residents. Apply now
City Hall Blood Drive April 2
Mayor Murphy has announced a local Blood Drive to benefit the American Red Cross, hosted at Valparaiso City Hall on April 2. Giving blood is one more way to support local health and Red Cross employees follow strict safety protocols to prevent the spread of any type of infection. The Red Cross is taking appointments for the Blood Drive, which will be held 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on April 2 at City Hall. To schedule your appointment at City Hall or another site, visit redcrossblood.org.
Valparaiso Wins Trail Grant
The City of Valparaiso has received a Next Level Trails grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, winning $364,500 for a $520,950 project to extend the city’s current Vale Park Pathway from Campbell Street west along Vale Park Road. The new pathway will extend through the new Brooks development to Froberg Road, then north along Froberg Road to Indian Summer Way. The new 10-foot wide, hard surface pathway will add 1.4 miles to Valparaiso’s current pathway network, bringing the total to more than 37 miles of hard/soft pathways and bicycle lanes. Learn more.
Valparaiso Compost Site Opens March 22
Spring is near and the Valparaiso Compost Site at 2150 W. Lincolnway will open for the season on March 22. Porter County residents may pick up mulch or compost and drop off organic yard waste like leaves, small branches and more. Learn more about eligible items and business hours.

Valparaiso's City Services Department is available to assist with any questions or concerns related to the compost site, and they have recently consolidated customer service operations between utilities and public works. Community members and customers may now call a single number, 219-462-6174, to inquire about billing, water, sewer, stormwater, trash and recycling, leaf or brush collection, snow removal and other city services.
Residential Market Analysis
The City has released its newly completed Residential Market Analysis & Housing Strategies Study, providing a picture of the city’s housing stock, plus projected trends and strategies for the next decade. To complete the study, the City worked with Urban Partners of Philadelphia, a leading national community and economic development consulting firm. The resulting comprehensive study is 63 pages and includes an analysis of the current housing market and housing stock, projections of future community growth and housing needs, and strategies for the future to encourage quality development and a diversity of housing options. Learn more.
COVID-19 Resources
The City of Valparaiso is looking forward to better days ahead with the release of the COVID-19 vaccine. We continue to support the efforts of the State and Porter County Health Department (PCHD) as they work to distribute vaccines to Hoosiers. Some resources and links that may be of interest include:
Neighborhood Watch
Bicentennial Square had a spring surprise! A neighbor decorated mailboxes with spring cheer around the neighborhood.
The City's Neighborhood Toolkit has been refreshed! Check it out for ideas to organize and engage your neighbors!
Have a neighborhood story you want to share? Contact us to be featured next month!