Grand Rapids to match funds for small neighborhood projects

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Volunteers work to secure part of the new Briggs Park playground structure at 324 Knapp Street NE as workers from Amway, City of Grand Rapids, Creston Neighborhood Association, KaBOOM ! and Ottawa Hills High School came together to complete the project in one day.

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The City of Grand Rapids is launching a new program in which it will distribute up to $2,500 for contracts for neighborhood projects — provided the neighborhood provides consideration.

The Neighborhood Match Fund is now accepting applications for the first quarter.

The fund – created with $50,000 from city coffers – will be used to award grants of $200 to $2,500.

Recipients must match the city’s contribution, which can be accomplished with a combination of cash, in-kind donations, and volunteer labor.

The fund is intended to assist Grand Rapids volunteers, community organizations or groups of city residents with projects that strengthen neighborhood relationships, support marginalized community leaders and improve the quality of life for residents.

Projects must be led by members of the community they will impact in order to receive funding. Applications are reviewed by the committee on a quarterly basis.

“We encourage neighbors to learn about the fund and work with their neighbors to submit a proposal,” Stacy Stout, assistant city manager, said in a statement. “Through our Neighborhood Matching Fund program, we want to strengthen resident leadership, strengthen neighbor relationships, and improve the overall quality of life in our Grand Rapids neighborhoods.”

A fund information meeting will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14 at GRPS University at 1400 Fuller Ave. NOT.

Proposals must be submitted by March 30 to be considered for the first round of funding. The next submission deadline is June 28.

To apply, visit grcity.us/nmf and call 616-456-3319 for assistance.

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