Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ about Neighborhood Councils & GTLNC

How can I get involved with GTLNC?

There are many ways to get involved:

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter: Sign up here. We’ll let you know about upcoming GTLNC meetings, events in the neighborhood, and other helpful community information.

Attend meetings: Check out our upcoming meetings – they’re held at Toluca Lake Elementary School, 4840 Cahuenga Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601.

Join a committee: Check out our current committees. If what they’re working on seems interesting, attend a meeting and ask the Chair if you can join the committee as a stakeholder.

Volunteer: The GTLNC hosts events and partners with other community groups on their events. We’re always looking for an extra set of hands. Check out our upcoming events, and reach out to the Secretary if you’d like to learn more about volunteering.

Become a liaison: Be a liaison between the GTLNC and Neighborhood Council alliances or other community groups. Reach out to our Secretary to learn more.

Run for election to the Board: Check out to learn more about how to become a candidate. Elections are in odd-numbered years, and make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to learn about mid-term vacancies too.

Vote in the GTLNC election: Check out for more info about who, when, where, and how you can vote in the upcoming Neighborhood Council election.

How can I see what the GTLNC has spent this year?

In addition to reviewing our Monthly Expenditures Report (MER) at monthly Executive Committee and General Board meetings, you can always view our current spending at the Los Angeles City Clerk NC Funding Dashboard. There you can also find info on past years as well as the spending of the rest of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils.

What is a Neighborhood Purposes Grant (NPG)? How can I apply for an NPG?

The Neighborhood Purposes Grant (NPG) program provides an opportunity to build partnerships between the Neighborhood Councils and local organizations. Organizations eligible to receive NPG awards include 501(c)(3) nonprofits as well as public schools. (Please note that grants cannot be issued to religious organizations or to private schools.)

An NPG activity should build community, enhance the neighborhood, and be open, accessible, and free to the general public. Project areas may include, but are not limited to:

  • The Arts
  • Beautification
  • Community Support
  • Education
  • Community Improvements

Visit the Los Angeles City Clerk website for current application forms and additional info:

What is a Community Impact Statement (CIS)? Can I request that the GTLNC submit a CIS for an issue I'm concerned about?

A Community Impact Statement (CIS) is an official statement or position adopted by a Neighborhood Council on an issue pending before the city’s decision makers. The CIS process was created specifically for Neighborhood Councils to publicly express their support, opposition, or suggestions about any matter pending before the Los Angeles City Council, its committees, or City commissions. Council Files and CIS can be found here:

You can request the GTLNC take up an issue by making a public comment at the General Board meeting or responsible Committee meeting, or by contacting the Chair of the responsible Committee via email. (For example, a change to zoning restrictions would be under Planning and Land Use) The Chair of the responsible Committee will have the option to agendize the requested CIS. While the GTLNC works to address all stakeholder concerns, there may be other factors that prevent every requested CIS from being agendized.

Remember that a CIS is made by the Neighborhood Council as a whole and is not to be used to express personal opinions. However, any member of the public can submit a letter to the City Clerk expressing their personal position on a Council File.