Grand Rapids opens application for Neighborhood Match Fund projects

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – Grand Rapids is once again partnering with residents on projects that “bring neighbors together to learn, build relationships and celebrate our fellowship.”

Starting Wednesday and December, the city will be accepting proposals and ideas for the Neighborhood Match Fund for projects taking place between March 1 and August 31, 2022.

$ 500-5,000 in contracts will be awarded for “collaborative and diverse, resident-led community projects that focus on COVID-19 resilience and recovery, equity and engagement, and projects that improve the overall quality of life in Improving neighborhoods, ”a message released on Wednesday.

Grand Rapids residents and community-based organizations can apply through December 31st.

Projects must be led by a Grand Rapids resident from the community that will be affected by the project.

“Since the program began in 2017, we have funded 145 resident-led projects totaling over $ 500,000,” said Stacy Stout, director of equity and engagement. “Talented people live here, and this investment has had a positive impact on the lives of many of our neighbors.”

The NMF project coordinator and the Office of Equity and Engagement team will review submitted applications for completeness and compliance with the stated NMF objectives. After this review, the approved project ideas are evaluated by a diverse, community-led team for recommendation and final approval.

Approved project ideas will flow into the award process, with each project leader meeting personally with the NMF coordinator and the team to create a common understanding of the project scope, outline expectations and results, discuss strategies for intentional and integrative project work and brainstorm. how the event or occasion can be designed to encourage relationship building among residents.

The city will host a virtual session on December 6th for residents and community groups interested in learning more about the Neighborhood Match Fund. This hour-long session at 6:00 p.m. will be broadcast on the City of Grand Rapids Equity and Engagement Facebook page.

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