Grand Rapids is investing in its neighborhoods through matching funds for projects that are focused on COVID-19 resiliency and recovery.
The city is accepting project submissions for the Neighborhood Match Fund specifically to support projects that build community and focus on the future in non-contact ways.
The next deadline for submissions is in June for projects that take place in Grand Rapids between Sept. 1, 2020, and Feb. 28, 2021. The deadline for projects originating between May 1 and Aug. 31 was April 19. The funds are available to city residents, informal groups and nonprofits.
Submissions should address COVID-19 community resiliency, wellness, safety and basic needs for Grand Rapids residents who, due to structural inequities, are most vulnerable to exposure and/or negative economic impact related to the pandemic.
Project implementation must align with COVID-19 recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and all local, state and federal executive orders in place at the time of the project.
All are encouraged to be creative and intentional with the design and implementation of their projects.
The next two rounds of NMF awards will include contracts ranging from $2,000 to $10,000, depending on the scope of work. All NMF-funded projects must be led or co-led by a Grand Rapids resident. Past NMF contracts were capped at $2,500.
The award amount depends on the funding requested, project scope, alignment with NMF objectives and NMF balance. Winners must spend the NMF dollars during a six-month contract period and also must match the amount awarded.
For example, an NMF contract for $500 could be matched with $100 worth of volunteer labor, $300 of in-kind/donated materials and a $100 cash donation from a local business or from a grant in the case of nonprofits.
The city reviews project submissions for completion and alignment to NMF objectives. Awardees will meet with NMF staff by phone to create a shared understanding on project scope and discuss strategies for intentional and inclusive project outreach and impact.
The Neighborhood Match Fund regularly awards contracts with local residents organizing projects and opportunities that bring neighbors together to learn, build relationships and celebrate community.
Those interested can submit a project idea at grandrapidsmi.gov.