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Eight $10,000 grants awarded for community development projects

(Provided, People's Liberty) (Provided, People's Liberty)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

People’s Liberty has a new batch of eight individuals receiving grants for community development projects in the Cincinnati Area.

The philanthropic organization chooses 16 grantees each year to prototype solutions to civic challenges. Each grantee is awarded $10,000 dollars and access to People’s Liberty’s workplace along with mentorship to help get their projects off the ground.

Grantees are chosen by a community panel following four rounds of open applications.

“We ask people to tell us what’s important in their neighborhoods and their lives, and then other people in the community figure out which things are the best ideas.” Said People’s Liberty CEO Eric Avner, “Then we help them make it true.”

The recipients of the project grants for this year’s fall cycle include:

Lisa Andrews with Ray Ball and Mary Seguin
Project: Pantry Raid!

Mini pantries will be installed in several Cincinnati neighborhoods for community members to get food and personal hygiene products they need in a safe and convenient space.

Mike Augustine with Jesse Deegan 

Project: The Chronograph
A large-scale clock that will travel throughout OTR, Downtown and Mt. Adams. Unlike traditional clocks, The Chronograph will incorporate minute variations in its geospatial positioning to present time in a heretofore unexplored manner.

Nicole Lee

Project: Warrior Moms
A beauty salon that will visit a variety of Cincinnati's neighborhoods to help empower and create a positive network of single mothers.

Damon Lynch IV

Project: Urban Orchards
Urban Orchards will use permaculture techniques to plant dwarf trees in Roselawn's vacant spaces and residents' yards. The focus will be to provide access to fruit trees, edible shrubs, herbs and flowers while educating the community about sustainable living.
Kai Stoudemire

Project: Youth Career Dojo
A 6-8 week career immersion program for 14 to 17 year olds providing an opportunity for hands-on learning and field trip experiences. Participants will develop leadership and entrepreneurship skills while exploring STEM career opportunities around Greater Cincinnati.

Emily Wolff

Project: CSX six
CSX six will improve the CSX underpass on 6th Street in Covington through beautification, creative lighting and increased safety measures.

Nancy Yerian

Project: Strong Roots
An exhibit covering 50 years of LGBTQ history in Greater Cincinnati. The traveling exhibit will build intergenerational connections, educate the public about our local history and involve the public through a variety of programs.

Kate Zaidan

Project: Findlay Feasts!
A series of community cooking classes for participants to share their skills and expertise.

Grants are available to anyone inside the I-275 loop. For more information on how to apply, head to http://www.peoplesliberty.org/.

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