ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The City of St. Louis announced Monday they have launched a competition that will award $5,000 to seven teams with ideas to improve local neighborhoods.

The Sustainable Neighborhood Small Grant Competition will fund projects like community gardens, neighborhood beautification ideas, energy saving projects, or ways to make neighborhoods safer.

"We have 79 unique neighborhoods, each with their own strengths, character, history and needs," said Mayor Francis G. Slay. "Residents know best what types of projects are likely to have the most meaningful impact on their neighborhood, and we're pleased to be able to offer them helpful resources to get started, plus funding for several ideas."

Applications will be accepted until June 15 through the St. Louis Neighborhoods website.