Greenville Dreams

Greenville Dreams is a coalition of neighborhood and community leaders organized to empower residents to improve their neighborhoods through leadership development while leveraging available resources. Working in partnership with the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority, the United Way of Greenville County and the City of Greenville, Greenville Dreams focuses on facilitating positive community changes through resident-centered neighborhood development.

Greenville Dreams works directly with neighborhood association leaders to help build on the strengths and assets already present in their neighborhoods. Training and peer support are provided to Special Emphasis neighborhood leaders in the areas of problem-solving, successfully managing and leading a neighborhood association, planning and goal-setting, available community resources and effective communication skills.

Greenville Dreams meets on the second Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at the United Way of Greenville County (105 Edinburgh Court). For more information, contact Monique Mattison at mmattison@greenvillesc.gov or 864-467-4574.  

Grassroots Leadership Development program

GLDP Class of 2018Under the umbrella of Greenville Dreams, the Grassroots Leadership Development Program (GLDP) provides training to enhance the capability and capacity of community leaders as they strengthen and improve their neighborhoods. The program meets once a month for five months, typically from February through June.  

Session topics include leadership style, creating a neighborhood "vision," advocacy and public policy at the community level, strategies to leverage volunteers and engage youth and best organizational practices for success. 

Applications are accepted in the fall. For more information, visit www.unitedwaygc.org/greenville-dreams-grassroots-leadership

Grant assistance partnership 

Green Ave GAP Project 2017Also under the umbrella of Greenville Dreams, the Grant Assistance Partnership (GAP) provides grants to neighborhood associations that are seeking positive community development through various initiatives and projects tailored to meet the needs of their individual neighborhoods. The program is funded by Greenville County Redevelopment Authority, the United Way of Greenville County and the City of Greenville.  

Neighborhood associations located within the City's Special Emphasis neighborhood are eligible for up to $2,500 in GAP funding for projects that address one or more of the following areas of neighborhood development: resident involvement, beautification, communication, crime prevention, housing development, organizational/leadership development, training/education/awareness and capital improvements. 

For more information, contact Rebecca Edwards at redwards@greenvillesc.gov or 864-467-4428.