Block Parties

The NRC Block Party Grant can help you celebrate your neighborhood with food, fun and friendship.

Block Parties build better neighborhoods. There’s no better way for neighbors to start building a better neighborhood than to just get together and have fun. But the best Block Party is more than just a good time. It is also a stepping stone — a way for neighbors to connect with their neighborhood organization and get involved in what’s next.

NRC provides the resources below to help recognized neighborhood organizations (or neighbors who wish to organize one) use neighborhood-wide block parties to grow their organizations.

Upcoming Block Party Events

  • Monroe Park Neighborhood Association Annual Block Party, Sunday Aug. 12, 1:00-4:00 p.m., corner of South and Carroll Streets. Visit the Monroe Park Neighborhood Facebook group for more details.
  • Fremont Youth Foundation’s Stop the Violence Back to School Block Party, Sunday, August 19, 2-8 pm — Save the date for this annual event in the Far Northwest Neighborhood. Watch the Fremont Youth Foundation Facebook page for details.
  • S.O.A.R. (Southeast Organized Area Residents) Picnic, Saturday, Sept. 22, 11 am – 3 pmSoutheast neighborhood residents, save the date! Watch the SOAR website for additional details.
  • Northshore Triangle Picnic, Sunday, Sept. 23, 12:00 noonNorthshore Triangle residents, save the date for your neighborhood picnic in Nokomis Park.

Recent Block Party Events

  • Near West Side, Sat. July 21, 8 am-2 pm – the Near West Side Neighborhood Organization will be participating in the Treasure Hunt North (see the Facebook event). All are invited. For details, follow the NWSNO’s Facebook page.
  • Sunnymede, Sunday July 29, 1-4 pm – all residents of the Sunnymede neighborhood are invited to the Sunnymede Neighborhood Association Block Party. For details, request to join the Association’s Facebook group or contact association leadership via Sunnymede’s NRC webpage.
  • Neighborhood Friendship Park dedication, Thurs. Aug. 2, 4:00-7:00 p.m., 400 block of Cottage Grove.
  • Night Out Against Crime – Tuesday, Aug. 7 5:30-7:30 pm – Not a neighborhood block party, but a city-wide gathering to take a stand against crime. Come visit NRC, play some giant yard games, and find out how we can help your neighborhood organize against crime or any other issue you and your neighbors might like to tackle.

Block Party Toolkit

Free for recognized neighborhood organizations to borrow, our Block Party Toolkit is a collection of everything the organization needs to host a fun, outdoor (or indoor) neighborhood event. Read more.

Block Party Grants

NRC is proud to offer Block Party Grants to neighborhoods in South Bend. Each application is reviewed for its anticipated impact, and funding is awarded accordingly. Typically, block parties receive up to $150.00 to go towards purchasing food, party favors, and supplies. Read more.

Block Party Guidebook (coming Summer 2018)

Our Block Party Guidebook helps organizers plan and execute a successful block party. It also provides tips for using the block party to increase neighbors’ involvement in their neighborhood organization. Download the current Guidebook (new edition coming Summer 2018).