City continues to invest in quality of life through its Match Fund

Published on November 14, 2018

Photograph of a Garfield Park Neighborhood Match Fund project

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Through the Neighborhood Match Fund, or NMF, the City recently invested $16,652 through seven contracts with local resident leaders organizing projects and opportunities that bring neighbors together to learn, build relationships and celebrate community. The City also is accepting project ideas for the next round of NMF funding from Dec. 1 through Dec. 31. 

Grand Rapids residents and community-based organizations may apply for NMF funding HERE. Approved projects need to take place between Feb. 1 and April 30, 2019.

In the most recent round of NMF distribution, contracts were given to:

  • Southeast Grand Rapids Inc. (#SEGR) for an anti-displacement homeowner project initiative
  • Royal Game Chess Club to expand its community chess initiative
  • Grand Rapids Kwanza for the three-day Grand Rapids Kwanzaa Celebration
  • Parent Teacher Community Council for Community Art Night at Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Coit Creative Arts Academy
  • Informal resident group for CO2 (Community, Opportunity & 2 People) storytelling initiative
  • Hispanic Center of Western Michigan for La Gran Posada event
  • North End Wellness Coalition (NEWC) for the North End Trails project

Each project is led by a Grand Rapids resident who resides in the area where the project is targeting. 
The NMF provides contracts between $200 and $2,500 for collaborative and diverse resident-led community projects that strengthen relationships between neighbors and increase the overall quality of life in neighborhoods. 

The City is hosting two informational meetings for residents and community groups wanting to learn more about how they can improve their neighborhoods through the NMF. The hour-long events are:

  • Noon Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute’s satellite office, 413 Hall St. SE, Suite 1
  • 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 at Westside Collaborative located within the Goei Center, 818 Butterworth St. SW

Light refreshments will be provided at both events. Child care will not be provided. However, children are welcome and youth are encouraged to apply for NMF funding.