MACON, GA. (July 21, 2011). – The Community Foundation of Central Georgia is pleased to announce the next thirteen projects, totaling $249,806, to enhance College Hill as part of the Knight Neighborhood Challenge, a grant program to fund residents’ best ideas for strengthening a sense of place in the area.
The awards in this fourth round of the challenge range from $966 for a public art project called Positive Postcards, where residents will get to decorate postcards with their hopes for Macon, to $80,000 to improve the streetscape along the College Street side of Tattnall Square Park. Recipients are both residents of the College Hill area and Macon’s established institutions. They offered ideas to brand the Corridor, improve the exterior of buildings and homes, and continue to build a vibrant arts and cultural scene in College Hill — the geographic area that includes Macon’s first historic neighborhoods and links Mercer University and downtown Macon.
Among the projects are:
- Sidewalk Stories – a creative approach to replace damaged sections of sidewalk and tell the story of Macon’s creative legacy.
- Community Bicycle Program – a program that will offer bicycles to people in need and increase the use of bicycles in the Corridor.
The complete list is below. The community foundation received 24 applications requesting $407,117.
If you have an idea to improve or enhance the College Hill Corridor, the Community Foundation requests that you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment to discuss your idea before beginning your application. The deadlines for the Knight Neighborhood Challenge are changing, and the next deadline will be December 31, 2011. For more information on this seminar, please call at the Community Foundation at 478-750-9338. You can also visit our website at www.cfcga.org/knc.
The Knight Neighborhood Challenge was launched in June 2009 with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Macon is taking a major step toward revitalizing College Hill with $5 million in grants from the foundation. They include $2 million to Mercer University to form the College Hill Alliance and $3 million to the Community Foundation of Central Georgia to administer the Knight Neighborhood Challenge.
April 2011 Grantees:
College Street Improvements College Hill Alliance $80,000
Lights on Macon - Phase II InTown Macon Neighborhood Association $63,500
Sidewalk Stories Crossroads Creative Group, Inc. $29,300
Macon a Difference in the Corridor II Rebuilding Macon, Inc. $25,000
Stars Over the Corridor Museum of Arts and Sciences $13,380
Tax Assessment (and Mitigation) Project College Hill Alliance $10,000
Community Bicycle Program Centenary Community Ministries, Inc. $8,035
Second Sunday Stage Canopy College Hill Alliance $6,000
Reduce, Reuse, Grow at the Garden! Mark Vanderhoek $5,950
Lawn Care for Vacant Lots InTown Macon Neighborhood Association $3,300
InTown Block Party InTown Macon Neighborhood Association $2,750
InTown Macon Mobile Website InTown Macon Neighborhood Association $1,625
Positive Postcards - A Public Art Project Sam Macfie $966
About Knight Neighborhood Challenge
The Knight Neighborhood Challenge is a broad-based, competitive grant program that funds the best ideas – small and large – that give College Hill a sense of place, spruce up its parks and public spaces or enhance the arts and entertainment scene. The effort also aims to get residents involved in College Hill through an array of civic and cultural projects. Successful projects will respond to community needs and opportunities within the five areas identified in the College Hill Alliance Master Plan. They will be programmatic in nature, will have a well-developed plan for sustainability, will involve teamwork, will be citizen-led and will be inclusive. They may not be political or discriminatory. Guidelines and online applications are available at www.cfcga.org/knc and the next deadline is December 31, 2011.
About Community Foundation of Central Georgia
The Community Foundation of Central Georgia was founded in 1993 by a group of citizens interested in encouraging philanthropy and strengthening communities. Since then, the foundation has awarded more than $38 million in grants through its donor-advised, unrestricted, designated, field-of-interest, scholarship and organizational endowment funds. As a local center for philanthropy, the Community Foundation of Central Georgia works with individuals, families, corporations, private foundations and nonprofit organizations to carry out their charitable objectives and address emerging community issues. It is one of more than 700 community foundations in the country.
About John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote informed and engaged communities and lead to transformational change.
Julia Wood, Director of Donor Services; Community Foundation of Central Georgia. (478) 750-9338, ext. 105, email@example.com
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.