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City of GR opens funding opportunity for residents


The Neighborhood Match Fund is an opportunity for any Grand Rapids resident to receive up to $2,500 dollars for projects that benefit the public, build strong connections between neighbors, lift up resident leadership and promote social justice and inclusion. 

The money from the city is a match which means residents have to match whatever amount they receive through cash donations or volunteer hours. 

Informational meetings to educate applicants about the neighborhood match fund, how to submit an idea for consideration, and about the process if the submitted idea is approved will be held four times in the next couple of months. 

According to Stacy Stout, assistant to the city manager, these meetings help project leaders to think ahead. Project ideas will only be accepted twice a year, in December and in June. 

Since its initial grant in May 2017, the fund has provided funding totaling $176,877 dollars for 86 projects across the city. For more information visit the City of Grand Rapids website. 

Michelle Jokisch Polo, WGVU news.