Neighborhood Pride Paint Program

The Neighborhood Pride Paint Program provides grant funding assistance to qualified low- and moderate-income homeowners for the purpose of painting the exterior of their homes. The program is part of broader effort to maintain and improve the character, aesthetic quality and property values within the community. This program is funded on an annual basis, subject to the availability of Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and City Council authorization.

For Fiscal Year 2020-2021, a significant portion of the City's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding was allocated to assist Lake Forest's residents and small-businesses with preparing, preventing and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. With insufficient funds remaining, the Neighborhood Pride Paint Program was suspended. Please revisit this page in July 2021 for program status updates.


The award of grants to eligible applicants will be based on a lottery. Due to funding constraints, the number of grants awarded each year is limited. 

To qualify:

  1. Properties must be owner-occupied.
  2. The single-family home or mobile home must be in need of painting as determined by the City.
  3. The existing exterior paint must be lead-free.
  4. Owners may not have assets in excess of $120,000, excluding the value of the home.
  5. Homeowners must not exceed maximum income limits in the previous two years, as determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development based on household size.

Maximum Income Limit by Household Size

Household Size
Maximum Income
1 person household $75,300
2 person household $86,050
3 person household $96,800
4 person household $107,550
5 person household $116,200
6 person household $124,800
7 person household $133,400
8 person household $142,000

Homes will be tested to determine if lead-based paint is present prior to acceptance. If lead-based paint is found, the homeowner will be offered the opportunity to apply for a housing rehabilitation loan to implement lead abatement measures and repainting.


If you are interested in participating in this year’s paint project, please pick up an application packet at City Hall or download the application packet (PDF) online. Return the application to the City of Lake Forest, Attention: Theresa Dobbs, 100 Civic Center Drive, Lake Forest, CA 92630.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Theresa Dobbs at (949) 461-3473 or email Theresa Dobbs. Office hours by appointment only.