The Middlebury Block Challenge encourages
Middlebury neighbors to collaborate on a project that will help deepen their connection to one another and Middlebury.

Groups of 5+ households can apply for funding for up to $1000 to complete their project, and single homes can apply for up to $300 on their home. Projects will be highlighted during the Middlebury Celebration.

Who is able to participate?


  1. Middlebury Residents
  2. Single households or groups that live on the same block or street.
  3. Middlebury renters OR homeowners


Projects that qualify for funding include exterior home improvements completed by the participating property owner (or if a renter, gaining approval from a landlord) landscaping, gardening, street/block beautification, events, and more!

Examples of Eligible Projects

  • Painting / staining
  • Porch repair
  • Beautification/ landscaping
  • Updating / painting mailboxes
  • Creative improvements that make the block/street feel welcoming or connected
  • Community gardens

How Will Projects Be Selected?

  • Number of Participants: Proposed projects must include single households or groups of households that live on the same block or street.
  • Middlebury Connectivity: Proposed projects should demonstrate a commitment to cultivating strong connectivity between neighbors
  • Middlebury Pride: Proposed projects should demonstrate a care and appreciation for Middlebury
  • Deadline of Completion: Proposed project should be completed by August 31st 2023.








How To Apply




  • Select a Middlebury Block Challenge Team Lead who will serve as the point of contact
  • Complete the Middlebury Block Challenge Application online OR turn in a paper copy to Alexandra or Jillian at 221 Beaver St. by July 7th, 2023
  • If your group has renters, you will need approval from your landlord if the project affects the exterior part of the house
  • Application should include a list of needed supplies and budget for the project










Dates to Remember




  • Info Session: June 7 and June 14, 2023 from 5:30-6:30pm
  • Applications Open: March 8, 2023
  • Applications Due: July 7, 2023
  • Projects Completion: August 31, 2023
  • Middlebury Celebration: Fall 2023






Alexandra Thomas
Community Engagement Manager
Phone: 330.815.1062 ext. 119
221 Beaver St. Akron, OH 44304
Open Hours: Mon – Fri 9:00am – 4:00PM



Jillian Hockwalt
AmeriCorps VISTA
221 Beaver St. Akron, OH 44304
Open Hours: Mon – Fri 9:00am – 4:00PM

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