LIMA — Seven organizations were awarded the Neighborhood Impact Mini Grant Wednesday, with three receiving an additional $2,000 with the help of Activate Allen County.
This is the first year that Activate Allen County has offered additional grants for the program, formerly known as Make A Difference Day Mini Grant Program.
Those that received the $500 grants include Rally Point Youth Center, All Starr Pet Rescue and the Faurot West and Westgate neighborhood associations.
The Wheelhouse and Country Club Hills and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. neighborhood associations were awarded the additional funds of the Activated Neighborhood Challenge.
With the funds, the Country Club Hills association plans to host a cornhole tournament in Valley Way Park and to revamp the walking path through the park. The Wheelhouse will provide bike safety and repair training and provide three repair stands throughout the city at the Elm Street Church of the Brethren, Bradfield Community Center and Rally Point Youth Center that is open to all residents at any time. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. association will be creating a memorial garden with a gazebo, weatherproof banner and flower bed at the entrance of the neighborhood on the corner of Fourth and Main streets.
Other projects will include a new sign for Westgate and welcome packets for Faurot West neighborhoods, a courtyard project at Rally Point and assistance in spaying and neutering.
“The point of these projects through the Neighborhood Impact Mini Grant program is to make a visual impact beautification wise, health-wise and just to make an impact in your neighborhood that can be measured,” said Autumn Swanson, Neighborhood Support Specialist. “One of the things they have to do is involve volunteers in their projects as well. Not only do we want them to make an impact on the beautification or livability in their neighborhood, we want them to make an impact on their neighbors by involving them in the project.”
Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.