VALRICO — Kids who live at the Lumsden Pointe subdivision will start school with a brand new bus stop, complete with shiny green benches and a paved pavilion.
It's one of almost 90 neighborhoods that recently got face-lifts thanks to grant money from the Hillsborough County Office of Neighborhood Relations.
More grants of up to $2,500 are available, said Wanda Sloan, who organizes the county's neighborhood grant program, but the deadline for neighborhood groups to apply is Monday.
"The point of this grant is to strengthen a neighborhood," Sloan said. "If a neighborhood is strong and self-reliant, then they don't need as many county services."
She said the county has given out almost $100,000 in neighborhood grants each year since 1998. Other projects include community gardens, new lights, flagpoles, landscaping and butterfly gardens.
Sloan said anyone interested should fill out the application on her office's website, hillsboroughcounty.org/onr, and call (813) 307-3564 to set up an appointment to review the project proposal.
Kim Wilmath can be reached at (813)661-2442 or firstname.lastname@example.org.