Downtown Greensboro Inc. Spark Grant Deadline Approaching
GREENSBORO, NC –Downtown Greensboro Inc.’s (DGI) 2019-20 Spark Grant deadline is approaching on February 28. Spark Grants are aimed to support unexpected, fun and exciting projects in downtown Greensboro with an effort to create buzz and community involvement.
“These grants fund creativity in placemaking and empower local residents to actively participate in shaping their community.” says Downtown Greensboro Inc. President and CEO Zack Matheny.
Grant recipients may request up to $3,000 to complete their proposed new project, idea or initiative. The spark grant must be consistent with DGI’s mission, and demonstrate the potential for a positive short-term impact on Downtown Greensboro. Applications will be accepted from any individual, business or non-profit.
“Sometimes big ideas do not need a lot of money to get off the ground,” Matheny says. “Small, concise types of activities can often help to improve a neighborhood and make it a better place to live, work and play.”
Started in 2017 as a joint program with Action Greensboro, this year marks the first time DGI will facilitate the grants on their own. Past Spark Grant projects include:
- The Church Street underpass mural (Fisher Park Neighborhood Association);
- “Where the Crosswalk Begins,” a public safety awareness campaign that uses sidewalk art as a wayfinding element and encourages pedestrian safety (Greensboro Police Department):
- Elsewhere Living Museum Elm Street Ferris Wheel;
- Reconsidered Goods inaugural pop-up
Downtown Greensboro Incorporated (DGI) is an economic development organization focused on stimulating investment and activity in the center city. DGI’s primary focus is to lead the development of Downtown Greensboro as a prosperous and vibrant urban center, memorable and meaningful for those who choose to live, work, play and invest here. More information about all of their grant programs, as well as the Spark Grant Application can be found at downtowngreensboro.org/about/grants/.