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Dayton, Florence, and Pendleton Co. Selected for Small Grant Opportunities

Skyward and The Center for Great Neighborhoods (The Center) are partnering to offer Nano Grants throughout Northern Kentucky. Called the myNKY Nano Grant Pilot Program, the initiative is part of Skyward’s vibrancy goal to build a region where people from all backgrounds feel included, connected, and welcome.

The myNKY Nano Grant Pilot Program will offer small grants, up to $250, in support of creative placemaking projects that bring Northern Kentuckians together, build a sense of community, celebrate our differences, and foster community pride. Project ideas could include, but are not limited to, art walks, music making, bike tours, art installations, community parties, and more.   

The program will launch initially in Dayton, Florence, and Pendleton County with the goal of expanding to the full Northern Kentucky region in the future. Anyone who lives, works, or studies in one of the pilot communities is eligible and encouraged, to apply.     

"We are thrilled to partner with The Center to expand its Nano Grant program to more communities in our region," said Bill Scheyer, President of Skyward, in an announcement. "It is our hope that the myNKY Nano Grant Pilot Program will allow for experimentation and exploration of creative ways to build community."  

Skyward and The Center will host workshops in each pilot community for those interested in learning more about the program and applying. Attendance is encouraged, but not required to submit an application.  

Workshop dates and locations include:

Dayton Community Workshop

Tuesday, June 7, prior to the city council meeting (which typically begins at 7 p.m.)

Dayton Schools Administration Building, 200 Clay Street

Florence Community Workshop

Tuesday, June 21, prior to the city council meeting (which typically begins at 7 p.m.)

Florence Government Center / Lower Level / Community Room C, 8100 Ewing Boulevard

Pendleton County Community Workshop

Monday, June 6 7:00 p.m. following the Fiscal Court Meeting

Pendleton County Building, 233 Main Street, Falmouth

Two application windows will be offered, with 2-3 projects selected at each deadline, for a total of five in each community during the pilot phase. The first application deadline is Tuesday, July 5 and the second deadline is Monday, August 2. All applicants will receive notification of funding decisions within 10 days of the application deadline.

Kate Esarey, Program Manager of Community Development with The Center, believes that active community members, supported by small grants, make great projects possible, "Our experience with the program in Covington has shown that engaging the community in creative projects really does lead to a strengthened sense of pride and we're excited to see the impact the grants have on these pilot communities."

Applications, along with complete eligibility details, can be found online at www.skywardnky.org. For more information, contact Kate Esarey with The Center at (859) 803-8963 or [email protected].

-Staff report
Photo: Dayton's central business district (RCN file)