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Knight Neighborhood Challenge Round Three Grants Announced

Twelve projects to enhance historic College Hill received $172,075 today as part of the Knight Neighborhood Challenge, a grant program to fund residents’ best ideas for strengthening a sense of place in the area.


The awards in this third round of the challenge range from $1,100 to plant native trees in the Corridor to $75,000 to build the successful College Hill Façade Loan Program.

Recipients are both residents of the College Hill area and Macon’s established institutions.

They offered ideas to brand the Corridor, improve the exterior of buildings and homes, and continue to build a vibrant arts and cultural scene in College Hill — the geographic area that includes Macon’s first historic neighborhoods and links Mercer University and downtown Macon.
Among the projects are:

Branding the Corridor with permanent signage, banners and bike racks.

Taking Milady Cleaners, an old and well known building that is in disrepair, and turning it into a visual centerpiece of the Corridor.

Hosting a community Mural Contest to be painted on the side of building in the Historic Cotton Avenue area.

The complete list is below.

If you have an idea to improve or enhance the College Hill Corridor, the Community Foundation will be hosting an informative seminar about the Knight Neighborhood Challenge grant program in March before the April 30, 2011 application deadline.

For more information on this seminar, please call at the Community Foundation at 478-750-9338. You can also visit the website at www.cfcga.org/knc.


The Knight Neighborhood Challenge was launched in June 2009 with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Macon is taking a major step toward revitalizing College Hill with $5 million in grants from the foundation.

They include $2 million to Mercer University to form the College Hill Alliance and $3 million to the Community Foundation of Central Georgia to administer the Knight Neighborhood Challenge.

The community foundation received 23 applications requesting $772,145.

October 2010 Grantees:

College Hill Corridor Commission - Task Force for Environmental Branding

Branding the Corridor with permanent signs, banners, and bike racks.
$27,100.00 The Basics
Coordination of branding through bike racks, lamp post banners, and residential flags. Design of wayfaring and monumental signage.

Facade Squad
Milady Cleaners Facade Fix
$6,200.00 The Basics
Milady Cleaners looks bad. We want to make it a focal point that looks great with a new paint job, mural on side, and landscaping.

Volunteer Macon, Inc.
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program for Community/Public Safety
$16,000.00 The Basics
Expand existing program of Community/Public Safety by adding 55 more trained volunteers in additional low-income neighborhoods.

Dr. Heather Bowman Cutway
Composting in the Corridor
$3,700.00 The Environment
I will conduct a composting workshop on Mercer University Campus for 40 participants.

Dr. Heather Bowman Cutway
Corridor ReLeaf
$1,100.00 The Environment
Macon STILL needs more trees! I will contact homeowners along College St. and offer to plant a tree in their front yard.


Historic Macon Foundation, Inc.
College Hill Facade Loan Program
$75,000.00 The Look
Historic Macon Foundation will increase the effectiveness of its facade loan program by offering loans to help residents improve the appearance of their home.

Choral Society of Middle Georgia
Masterworks Performance on College Hill
$10,000.00 The Vibe
To perform music as each composer intended and to enhance the artistic vibe of the College Hill Corridor through great masterworks.

College Hill Alliance
Cotton Avenue Revival Mural Contest
$10,000.00 The Vibe
To host a contest to create a mural that visually celebrates the History of Cotton Avenue Merchants and Community Leaders.

Kwanzaa Cultural Access Center, Inc.
19th Annual Georgia Juneteenth Freedom Festival
$5,000.00 The Vibe
To add a new community element to the successful Juneteenth festival in Tattnall Park.

Macon Film Festival
Big Screen Movie Nights
$1,500.00 The Vibe
The Macon Film Festival has taken the reins as the new leadership to continue the popular outdoor movie screenings in the Corridor throughout the year.

Mr. Dan Zook
Third Annual Soap Box Derby
$11,475.00 The Vibe
The Magnolia Street Neighborhood Association will lead the Soap Box Derby this year — an annual race event that provides the community an evening of competitive, creative fun and celebration.

Tubman African American Museum
Pan African Festival of Georgia
$5,000.00 The Vibe
Connecting diverse segments of the population with a celebration of African-American art, food and culture in Tattnall Square Park.

About Knight Neighborhood Challenge:

The Knight Neighborhood Challenge is a broad-based, competitive grant program that funds the best ideas – small and large – that give College Hill a sense of place, spruce up its parks and public spaces or enhance the arts and entertainment scene. The effort also aims to get residents involved in College Hill through an array of civic and cultural projects. Successful projects will respond to community needs and opportunities within the five areas identified in the College Hill Alliance Master Plan. They will be programmatic in nature, will have a well-developed plan for sustainability, will involve teamwork, will be citizen-led and will be inclusive. They may not be political or discriminatory. Guidelines and online applications are available at www.cfcga.org/knc and the next deadline is April 30, 2011.

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