City of Grand Rapids, MI

05/30/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/30/2024 07:14

City seeks proposals for new round of neighborhood match fund projects

City seeks proposals for new round of neighborhood match fund projects

Published on May 30, 2024

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The City is once again partnering with community members on projects that bring neighbors together to learn, build relationships and celebrate Grand Rapids.

It will accept Neighborhood Match Fund (NMF) proposals and ideas through the end of June for projects taking place between September and February 2025. The Fund awards contracts from $500 to $5,000. They go to Grand Rapids resident-led projects. The projects are community focused, inclusive, and promote a deeper sense of belonging among neighbors. They also increase the overall quality of life in neighborhoods.

New this round is an additional project category in support of Welcoming Week taking place September 13 to 22 across the country, including Grand Rapids. Welcoming Week is a time to celebrate the richness of diversity in our community through a series of community events, webinars, speakers, art expression and more. This year's Welcoming Week theme, "We're All In," calls on individuals and groups to come together in celebration of their strengths and differences and showcase how they are "All In" on building places that value all perspectives, backgrounds, experiences and cultures.

Grand Rapids residents and community-based organizations can apply HERE through June 30. A Grand Rapids resident from the community that will be impacted by the project must take the lead on the NMF project.

Since its inception in 2017, the Neighborhood Match Fund, has awarded from $850,832, funding 260 community-led projects.

The NMF project liaison and Office of Equity and Engagement (OEE) team will review submitted applications for completeness and alignment to the stated NMF objectives. Following this review, the approved project ideas will be evaluated by a diverse, community-led team for recommendation and final approval.

Approved project ideas will move forward to the contracting process by having each project leader meet with the NMF coordinator and/or team to create shared understanding on project scope, outline the expectations and outcomes, discuss strategies for intentional and inclusive project outreach and brainstorm how the event or opportunity can be designed to foster relationship-building among residents.

Community members or organizations can get additional information about the program by emailing [email protected] or visiting grandrapidsmi.gov/nmf.

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