Grand Rapids opens next round of match fund entries

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The city of Grand Rapids is accepting proposals for the next round of Neighborhood Match Fund grants starting Tuesday.

The city will be accepting Neighborhood Match Fund (NMF) proposals Tuesday through June 30 for projects taking place between Sept. 1 and Feb. 28, 2022. Grand Rapids residents and organizations are encouraged to apply at city of Grand Rapids’ website.

The city will host a virtual information session for residents and community groups wanting to learn more about the NMF. The hour session will be streamed via Facebook from the Grand Rapids Office of Equity and Engagement page at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The city’s match fund will award contracts ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 for projects that focus on COVID-19 resident resiliency and recovery, racial equity and enhance overall quality of life in neighborhoods.

NMF projects must be led by a Grand Rapids resident who is from the community to be impacted by the project. The NMF project coordinator and city’s office of equity and engagement staff review applications for completeness and alignment to the stated NMF objectives. Following this review, the approved project ideas are evaluated by a community-led team for recommendation and final approval.

Approved project ideas move forward to the contracting process by having each project leader meet one on one with the NMF coordinator to create a shared understanding of project scope and desired 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 while adhering to COVID-19 precautions.

Residents, community groups and nonprofits also can get information by emailing nmf@grcity.us.

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