Cincinnati offers $10K grants to 'Engage Cincy'

Cincinnati offers $10K grants to 'Engage Cincy'

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati leaders are holding a $10,000 grant competition through Sunday to find and fund innovative ideas to generate community engagement and a better city.

This is the second year for the Engage Cincy Challenge Grant competition.

City Manager Harry Black will be live in the FOX19 NOW Morning News studios at 7:50 a.m. Thursday to explain how this program works and how it is making a difference in Cincinnati.

"Engage Cincy allows residents to communicate what is important to them," said Mayor John Cranley in a prepared statement. "I look forward to learning about the creative and impactful ideas our constituents come up with. Thank you to City Manager Harry Black for leading this innovative engagement program."

The 2017 Engage Cincy Challenge Grant program is a unique community-building competition that gives residents, nonprofits and other local organizations a chance to win one of up to five grants of up to $10,000.

The prize money will go toward the development, launch and promotion of plans that offer cutting-edge ideas for bettering a specific place, or all of Cincinnati.

This year, grants will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Healthy Food Access
  • Making Civic Connections Through Technology
  • Improving Livability

Click here to apply.

"We are looking for new, innovative project ideas focused in areas that are vital to improving our connectedness and livability," Black said.

"The best way to invigorate a community is to engage the people who live there and keep them interested, here, we're giving community members a say but also the money, resources and support needed to think, and act, outside the box."

Black proposed the idea for Engage Cincy Grants in Spring 2015.

With the support and approval by the mayor and city council, he launched the inaugural challenge grant competition last year.

Nearly 200 applications were received. The winners were announced at the 2016 Neighborhood Summit in March.

"I was so impressed with the creativity of the proposals and the innovation that it brought to the city," said Vice Mayor David Mann.

For this second year of the grant program, city officials are seeking the most innovative and impactful ideas for improving positive engagement and interaction within the city.

The competition is open to individual residents, groups of engaged residents, local businesses, nonprofits and organizations with Cincinnati ties.

Everyone is encouraged to submit their best, most innovative project ideas and plans.

An Engage Cincy selection committee consisting of members of the local business community, community/nonprofit leaders and city employees will vet the applications and interview finalists.

They'll then make recommendations to Black, who will select the winners.

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