Ferguson Neighborhood Improvement Program (FNIP) is a Missouri not-for-profit corporation, exempted from federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. It is a component of the City of Ferguson, Missouri, because its Board is appointed by the Council of the City of Ferguson. FNIP receives “in-kind” donations from the City in the form of staff and legal services and incidentals.
The mission of the Ferguson Neighborhood Improvement Program is to improve the quality of life and foster a spirit of community among the residents of Ferguson. FNIP fulfills its mission by offering programs and services to increase the pride, distinction and livability of its neighborhoods, and to improve the appearance and value of individual homes.
Programs Offered - Qualifications & How to Apply
Good Neighbor Gift – A forgivable loan of $2,500 is offered to recent college graduates, law enforcement officers, school district employees, fire fighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and City Staff. This loan is to be used for the purchase of a home in Ferguson.
Neighborhood Improvement Matching Fund – FNIP will put money towards a neighborhood improvement project that is being organized by a neighborhood organization, local business owners, or other community leaders/organizations; projects should have neighborhood commitments pledged prior to FNIP reviewing the application.
Exterior Home Improvement Matching Fund (EIM) – FNIP will put money towards an owner-occupied residence exterior improvement project that will increase the pride, distinction, and beauty of the residence, and/or improve the appearance and value of individual homes.
Ferguson Neighborhood Tree Assistance Program (FNTAP) – FNIP will pay 50% of hazardous tree removal or trimming costs for trees on private property that are a significant safety concern. (dead, diseased, public safety issues, etc.).
50/50 Sidewalk Program – FNIP will pay 50% of replacement cost for deteriorated public sidewalks that are adjacent to an owner-occupied resident’s property. This funding is provided by the City of Ferguson.