Micro Grant Program

Goals of this program:

  • Provide a simple funding source for small- to mid-size creative placemaking projects by and for Marcy-Holmes residents
  • To encourage “lots of small, active, visible projects … everywhere” in the spring and summer of 2019

What these grants are for:

  • Small creative placemaking projects (see criteria) initiated by and carried out entirely by residents, businesses and/or organizations in Marcy-Holmes
  • Projects occurring between May 1 – September 30, 2019
  • Examples: Pop-up art installations, sign or t-shirt designs, community classes or workshops, creative safety signs, contributions toward artists’ fees for public art or performance, etc.
  • Unfortunately, funds cannot be used towards for events. City rules prohibit Neighborhood Revitalization Program dollars to be spent on events, entertainment, or food.

Who can apply:

  • Any resident or group of residents in Marcy-Holmes, including student-residents, or any business or organization in Marcy-Holmes
  • Should members of the Creative Placemaking committee decide to apply, they will be excluded from the process to approve micro-grants

Amount / number of grants in 2019:

  • One Main Grant of up to $1,800, applications due by February 25
  • Remaining rolling grants of up to $400, applications due any time before June 30, reviewed monthly at Creative Placemaking Committee meetings

Preference will be given to projects that:

  • Connect to this year’s Creative Placemaking theme of building bridges between the people and places in our community
  • Engage arts (and artists) and culture to celebrate, activate and strengthen the neighborhood’s sense of place
  • Build social connections and engage communities in and around the neighborhood
  • Are inclusive and participatory
  • Highlight one of the neighborhood’s five “character areas” – or encourages connections between them:
    • The historic riverfront
    • The residential blocks to the east and west of 35W
    • Dinkytown
    • The 8th/9th St. Industrial Area
  • Are clearly and simply described, and are realistic and do-able by the persons or organizations making the application
  • Address a theme or challenge as identified by MHNA or the neighborhood’s 2014 City-Approved Master Plan
  • Have researched and acquired any necessary permits and do not involve illegal activities
  • Reminder, funds cannot be used towards for events. City rules prohibit Neighborhood Revitalization Program dollars to be spent on events, entertainment, or food.

Timeline:

  • February 25: Applications due for One Main Grant
  • By March 18: Selection of One Main Grant project made by Creative Placemaking Committee; notification of all applicants
  • April - June: Rolling grants for projects taking place between May 1 – September 30, 2019; applications reviewed monthly at Creative Placemaking meetings; all applicants notified of decisions
  • Documentation worksheet about project’s outcome due to Creative Placemaking committee by October 1, 2019

Relationship and Responsibilities:

  • Following the awarding of funds, grantees are responsible for making the project happen, publicizing it, documenting it and recognizing MHNA as a funding source
  • After project completion, grantees are responsible for submitting a documentation worksheet, which includes: what happened, who and how many people were involved, and the impact of the project in terms of the program’s goals and criteria
  • All intellectual property rights stay with the grantees; MHNA has no ownership
  • All projects, artists, and participants are not covered by MHNA liability insurance
  • Creative Placemaking micro-granting program was inspired by The Awesome Foundation (https://www.awesomefoundation.org)

Application Submission:


 

CREATIVE PLACEMAKING INTERNAL MICRO-GRANTING PROGRAM APPLICATION

Name:

Email Address:

Phone Number:

Project Title:

Website (optional):

1) Tell us about your project. (2000 character max)

 

2) How will you use the money? (500 character max)

 

3) How does your project contribute to the neighborhood? (1000 character max)

 

4) How does your project contribute to the neighborhood? (1000 character max)

Criteria:  Preference will be given to projects that:

  • Connect to this year’s Creative Placemaking theme of building bridges between the people and places in our community
  • Engage arts (and artists) and culture to celebrate, activate and strengthen the neighborhood’s sense of place
  • Build social connections and engage communities in and around the neighborhood
  • Are inclusive and participatory
  • Highlight one of the neighborhood’s five “character areas” – or encourages connections between them:
    • The historic riverfront
    • The residential blocks to the east and west of 35W
    • Dinkytown
    • The 8th/9th St. Industrial Area
  • Are clearly and simply described, and are realistic and do-able by the persons or organizations making the application
  • Address a theme or challenge as identified by MHNA or the neighborhood’s Master Plan 
  • Have researched and acquired any necessary permits required, and do not involve illegal activities