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. Projects will be highlighted during the Middlebury Celebration.

Our next information session will be Wed., March 22 at 5:30 pm at Compass (647 E. Market Street, parking in rear). Sign-up here.

Who is able to participate?


  1. Middlebury Residents
  2. At least 5 households 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 at least five 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 6th 2023.


How To Apply

  • Recruit at least 5 households
  • 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 Joyce or Jillian at 221 Beaver St. by April 16, 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: March 8, 2023 from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm at 221 Beaver St.
  • Info Session: March 22, 2023 from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm at Compass, 647 E Market St.
    (Park and enter in rear of building)
  • Applications Open: March 8, 2023
  • Applications Due: April 16, 2023
  • Awards Announced: May 1, 2023
  • Projects Completion: August 6, 2023
  • Middlebury Celebration: August 2023



Joyce Fox
Property Manager
Phone: 330.815.9919
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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