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Thriving Neighborhoods Challenge Welcomes Ideas on How to Build Stronger Community

The Thriving Neighborhoods Challenge is a new grant program of The Schenectady Foundation intended to help make Schenectady's neighborhoods stronger, healthier, safer, greener, and more sustainable.  The Challenge empowers citizens to come forward with their best ideas for improving their community -- and then, to actually make them happen!  Along the way, neighborhood leadership is strengthened, and more people become involved in making their City a better place to live.

As much as $250,000 will be available in Round One of the Challenge, with awards announced in early January 2019.  While most grants will be smaller -- $10,000 or less -- there is a potential top award of as much as $100,000.

Among possible project types are beautification, environment, public safety, health and well-being, walkability, accessibility, community building and citizen engagement and public art.

The Foundation is holding Town Hall meetings throughout Schenectady to inform the community how they can participate, submit their idea, and receive funding.  Town Halls are currently scheduled for:

Thursday, September 20th @ 6:30 pm at Ellis' McClellan Street Health Center Auditorium, 600 McClellan Street.

Saturday, September 22nd @ 10:00 am at the Phyllis Bornt Branch Library, 948 State Street

Monday, September 24th @ 6:00 pm at the Rosa Venerini Early Childhood Center, 1840 Van Vranken Avenue

Wednesday, September 26th @ 6:00 pm at Steinmetz Homes Community Room, 120 Emmons Street

Wednesday, October 3rd @ 6:30 pm at Schenectady County Public Library, 99 Clinton Street

All meeting are open to the public, and people and organizations interested in learning more about the Challenge are encouraged to attend.

For additional information about the Challenge, please contact Kristi Miller, Director of Grants & Community Programs:  kmiller@schenectadyfoundation.org



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