by Jennifer Sierra
Skyward and The Center for Great Neighborhoods is looking for 3 cities to participate in a Nano Grant Program. According to Tara Johnson of the Catalytic Fund and a consultant for Skyward, “Five “nano” grants of $250 each will be granted over the pilot period. In mid-May, flyers announcing the program will go up in the selected communities. In early June, free community workshops will be held to introduce the concept and potential program ideas. The first round of 2 to 3 grants will be awarded following the first application deadline of July 1st. The second round of 2 to 3 (totaling 5) grants will be awarded following the second application deadline of August 1st. Grant awardees will have a set period in which to implement their idea, dependent on project by project determination. Skyward will assist in media outreach for program roll out and for the projects to increase community awareness of when they are happening.”
The Nano Grant has funded projects like Front Porch Caroling, Median Improvements on 7th Street in Covington, job fairs, Picnic tables designed by kids, art exhibits, riverfront beautification, a community garden tour and much more.
The details of the program will be announced at local community meetings within the next few weeks.