Greenville Dreams graduates
Graduates of the 2017 GLDP class.

Greenville Dreams Graduation

Congratulations to the graduates of the 2017 Greenville Dreams Grassroots Leadership Development Program! 

Greenville Dreams consists of leaders from Special Emphasis neighborhoods in Greenville County who partner with the United Way of Greenville County, the City of Greenville and the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority to collaborate and focus on facilitating positive changes through resident-centered neighborhood development.

This is the seventh class to graduate from the program and the new graduates join the ranks of more than 140 program alumni who are working to identify and address community priorities such as landlord/tenant education, neighborhood capacity building and documenting neighborhood history. 

If you would like to participate in the next class,
 download a Grassroots Leadership Development application. The deadline to apply is September 29. 

Circles of Greenville County
Circles classes will begin in September.

Circles Greenville County

Circles is an innovative community-driven program to solve poverty that emphasizes collaboration and leveraging resources throughout the community. It is a national organization with over 70 chapters in the US and Canada and Circles Greenville County, which was launched in September 2015, is the first site in South Carolina.

SHARE is the lead organization providing staff for Circles, and Buncombe Street United Methodist Church is the host site. Circles is a two-part program that requires an 18-month commitment. Participants meet once a week to share what is holding them back from success, begin goal setting, and work on building a bigger network of people, resources, and organizations they can depend on.

For more information, visit the Circles Greenville County website or contact Circles Coordinator Sandra Bullock at or 864-979-4789.

GAP Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the following 2017-2018 GAP grant recipients:

  • Green Avenue Area Civic Association
  • Haynie-Sirrine Neighborhood Association
  • Nicholtown Neighborhood Association
  • Southernside Neighborhoods in Action
  • West Greenville Community Association

The Grant Assistance Partnership (GAP) is a combined effort among the City of Greenville, the United Way of Greenville County and the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority. GAP provides grant awards to neighborhood associations that are seeking positive community development through various initiatives and projects tailored to meet the needs of their individual neighborhoods.

GAP grants of up to $2,500 are available to neighborhood associations located within the city’s Special Emphasis neighborhoods. Projects should address one or more of the following areas of neighborhood development: resident involvement, beautification, communication, crime prevention, housing development, organizational development, training and education and capital improvements.

For more information about the program, contact Ashlee Tolbert at or 467-4567.

2017 Historic Resources Survey 

The 2017 Historic Resources Survey is in progress. Members of the consultant team from WLA Studio in Athens, GA have been actively surveying neighborhoods since the beginning of June. The surveyors have compiled information on and photographic documentation of many of the structures in the selected neighborhoods, which include West End, Village of West Greenville, Greater Sullivan, Cleveland Park, Nicholtown, North Main, Augusta Road, Sherwood Forest and Parkins Mill. They are gathering information by touring the neighborhoods on foot and interacting with residents who have questions and/or historic input. Their goal is to document architectural detailing, design features, construction, materials, and context as buildings approach 50 years of age and older.

The WLA Studio staff will compile a comprehensive historic update of the surveyed neighborhoods by creating a listing of relevant properties. Representatives from the City and the consultant team are scheduled to meet with local historians to include cultural and contextual history along with resources from Greenville historic organizations, libraries, and public records.

Suggestions for additions to the inventory are welcome and can be submitted on the Historic Resources Survey page of the City's website.

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