Match funds to invest in neighborhoods, COVID-19 resiliency & recovery

Published on April 10, 2020

A photo of a 2019 Loving Day project funded by the Neighborhood Match Fund

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The City of Grand Rapids’ Neighborhood Match Fund (NMF) regularly awards contracts with local residents organizing projects and opportunities that bring neighbors together to learn, build relationships and celebrate community. Now, the initiative will support projects that build community and focus on COVID-19 resiliency and recovery in non-contact ways.

The City is accepting project submissions through April 19 for projects set to take place in Grand Rapids between May 1 and Aug. 31. The original March 31 submission deadline has been extended to allow more time for Grand Rapids residents, informal groups and nonprofits to submit project ideas.

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.

Awardees have four months to complete their projects. 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 second awards round will accept submissions in June for projects that take place in Grand Rapids between Sept. 1 and Feb. 28. Second-round awardees have six months to complete their project.

The City reviews project submissions for completion and alignment to NMF objectives. Awardees will meet with NMF staff by phone to create shared understanding on project scope and discuss strategies for intentional and inclusive project outreach and impact.

For more information or to submit a project idea, CLICK HERE.


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