Building Blocks

Neighborhoods with qualifying improvement projects to beautify and enhance the public spaces in their neighborhood may apply for matching grants of up to $5,000 with the City of Grand Prairie.

Applications should be within no more than 2 weeks of estimated project(s) start date. A Notice to Proceed letter from Building Blocks staff is required prior to performing work on any projects. Applicants may not pay contractors in cash. Itemized receipts are required for reimbursements.

  • 25% rebate on approved exterior improvements, up to $5,000 rebate limit per property per 3 years (from the date of the Notice to Proceed letter)
  • Rebate program incentivizes private investment; we encourage applicants to participate as much as possible
  • All improvements in the Notice to Proceed must be completed or the project is wholly disqualified; no partial rebates will be awarded
  • Current or past work is not eligible for the rebate program

 

Requirements

  • Must be a property owner (or tenant with written permission of property owner) of a Grand Prairie single-family residence
  • Must furnish a completed application and W-9 form
  • Participants are only eligible to participate in one approved project at a time
  • Must furnish a government issued picture ID

Eligibility

Examples of eligible projects

  • Exterior siding and soffit repair and replacement
  • Window replacement
  • Exterior door replacement
  • Garage door replacement and associated equipment
  • Addition/replacement of roof turbines and ventilators
  • Exterior painting
  • Installation/replacement of gutters
  • Replacement/repair of driveways and patios
  • Fence repair and replacement*
  • Solar screens
  • Replacement/addition of turf, shrubs and trees
  • Tree trimming (Owner Required to remove all brush once completed)
  • Sprinkler controller repair/replacement

*Must include exterior fence(s). Rebate limited to the cost associated with repairing or replacing the exterior fence(s). Example: Total fence repair is $4,000 of which $500 is for repair of external fences. The rebate will be limited to $500 which is less than 25% of the total cost.

Examples of ineligible projects

  • New pools, hot tubs, spas and water features
  • Any landscaping plan that includes the following:
    • Plants that are not native or naturalized
    • Irrigation system that does not allow plants to become established under current water restrictions at the time of plan approval; may require drip irrigation or soaker hoses
  • Repair or replacement of sprinkler systems lacking digital controllers with functional rain and temperature sensors
  • Detached accessory structures
  • Garage conversions
  • Carports
  • Roofs
  • Exterior improvements or other items covered by the HOA
  • Projects covered, even in part, by insurance
  • Any project started before receiving your Notice to Proceed is ineligible for the rebate (this includes deposits, down payments and purchased items)
  • Solar panels
  • Do it yourself improvements

Process

Step 1: Complete the Application

In addition to the online application, participants must complete and sign two additional forms: Residential Agreement and  Disclosure of Information on Lead-Based Paint and/or Lead-Based Paint Hazard. 

Copies of the below supporting documentation needed for the property where improvement will be made:

  • A printed copy of the most recent Appraisal District’s appraised market value of the property;
  • Proof that the homeowner is current on property taxes for the property;
  • Proof that the homeowner is current on the insurance for the property as evidenced by a receipt or documentation showing the policy has been paid or is current on scheduled payments;
  • Bid estimate(s) provided by a contractor who will perform the home improvements

Building Blocks Application

Step 2: Initial Inspection

Housing staff will complete an initial inspection and take pictures of the improvement area

Step 3: Notice to Proceed Letter

Participants will receive a letter letting them know to proceed with the project. The letter will includes project timeline, requirements, etc.

Step 4: Final Inspection and pictures of the project(s) passed

Housing staff will inspect the completed project

Step 5: Participant submits a rebate request form with receipts and W-9

W-9 form must be completed

Step 6: Rebate Award Letter and check are mailed to participant
     

Rebate Calculator

Enter total project cost to view your total eligible rebate amount.

Total rebate: 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Project Deadlines be extended?

Yes, for qualifying circumstances (inclement weather, etc.).

How are projects approved?

Project approval is on a first-come, first-served basis; applicants must submit complete applications for consideration.

My project is not on the list of eligible projects. Can I still apply?

Yes, but only projects consistent with those listed on the list of eligible projects will be approved, contingent on review by the Community Revitalization Unit.

Does my project require a permit?

Whether or not a permit is required is specific to each project. Permit questions should be directed to Building Inspections, 972-237-8230. You should be prepared to provide the details to your project when you call.

Can I be reimbursed for cash payments?

No, all payments must be completed through a verifiable source (credit, debit, money order, check, etc.).

 

Contact Info

Phone: 972-237-8176
Fax: 972-237-8318

Address
Housing & Neighborhood Services
210 W Main St
Grand Prairie, TX 75050

Hours
Mon - Thurs: 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fri: 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Sat - Sun: Closed

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