How to form a neighborhood association
- Talk to some neighbors to determine if there is interest.
- Contact the City's Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator Marcia Bollinger at 319-356-5237 or Marcia-Bollinger@iowa-city.org. She can help you arrange a convenient location in your neighborhood, advertise and promote the meeting.
- Establish common goals and needs of the neighborhood at the neighborhood meeting and initiate a process to accomplish these goals.
Contact Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator Marcia Bollinger with questions.
List of neighborhood associations and contacts
Those neighborhood associations that are listed have current contact persons and activity. If a neighborhood association is not listed and you may be interested in learning more about being involved in becoming a contact person, please contact Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator Marcia Bollinger.
- Bluffwood -Dick Dorzweiler
- College Green - Nancy Carlson and Jim Walters
- Country Club Estates - Tim Gholson
- Creekside - Eric Jones
- Galway Hills - Nancy Leavesseur
- Goosetown - Katy Krapfl
- South District - Angie Jordan and Jessica Bovey
- Longfellow - Karen Fischer
- Lucas Farms - Judy Nyren
- Manville Heights - Marilyn Rosenquist
- Melrose Ave - Jean Walker
- Miller Orchard - Mary Knudson and Paula Swygard
- Morningside/Glendale - Sue Mellecker
- Parkview Terrace/Normandy - Mary Murphy
- Northside - Sarah Clark
- Oak Grove - Astrid Bennett
- Peninsula Area Neighborhood - Catherine Wilcox
- Penny Bryn - Rachel Zimmermann Smith
- Ty'n Cae - Judy Pfohl
- Walnut Ridge - Sara Braverman
- Waterfront - Joyce Barker
- Washington Hills - Robin Butler
- Windsor Ridge - Chrissy Chambliss
If you wish to contact any of the above neighborhood representatives, please contact Marcia Bollinger.
The Neighborhood Council of Iowa City, a collaboration of neighborhood associations, is also staffed by the Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator. The Neighborhood Council works as one unit in an effort to address common issues or concerns of all neighborhoods. They also meet to learn about various resources and programs available through the City and other outside organizations as well as provide their input on new City initiatives being considered.
The Neighborhood Council also oversees and implements the Program for Improving Neighborhoods (PIN) grant program.
Meetings of the Neighborhood Council typically fall on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. If you would like to be included on the email list for notifications of these meetings, please contact Marcia Bollinger at email@example.com or at 319-356-5237.
The City of Iowa City offers funding to neighborhood associations to beautify or strengthen their neighborhoods each year through the PIN grant program. Maximum grant amount is $5,000. The grant, which is currently budgeted to provide $20,000 in Fiscal Year 20 (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020) has funded a variety of programs and projects including, but not limited to:
- park improvements including plantings and equipment
- special events including performances and block parties
- printing and mailing of newsletters
- alley/sidewalk repairs
- additional neighborhood policing
- neighborhood placemaking signage
Schedule for Fiscal Year 2020 PIN grants:
- March 29, 2019 (Friday) - 5:00 PM - Grant applications due to Office of Neighborhood Outreach.
- April 10, 2019 (Wednesday) Tentative - 5:30 PM - Neighborhood representatives present PIN applications to the City staff.
- April 12, 2019 (Friday) – Results of City staff recommendation for funding are forwarded to applicants.
- April 26, 2019 (Friday) – Applicant deadline to request an appeal of staff decision.
- May 8, 2019 (Wednesday) - 5:30 PM – Neighborhood Council reviews appeal request and decides if changes will be requested to the staff recommendation. If so, request is forwarded to staff.
- May 17, 2019 (Friday) – 5:00 PM – Staff response forwarded to all grant applicants.
- July 1, 2019- Funds available for projects.
Prior to applying, please review these documents so you are aware of all the grant requirements:
- PIN Grant Evaluation and Review Process
- PIN Grant Payment Process
- PIN Grant Monitoring and Closeout Process
Please feel free to contact Marcia Bollinger, Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 319-356-5237 if you have questions or need any assistance with the PIN grant application process.
Many Iowa City neighborhood associations use www.nextdoor.com to communicate with their neighbors, and receive updates from the City of Iowa City regarding street closures, leaf pick up schedule, recreation programs and many other topics. If you live in Iowa City be sure to sign-up to receive updates and information on Nextdoor. It is also a great way to share information with your neighbors regarding activities, concerns, or general interest!