Knight Neighborhood Challenge Wants To Fund Your Ideas!
There is only one year left in the Knight Neighborhood Challenge, which funds the best and brightest ideas to transform College Hill into a vibrant neighborhood connected to downtown. KNC grants fund creative, transformational ideas that give College Hill a sense of place, spruce up its parks and public spaces or enhance the arts and entertainment scene.
Past grants have funded everything from Second Sunday Brunch Concerts and improvments in Macon's Dog Park to the installation of murals, signage, and even graffiti cleanup supplies. This cycle has a significant focus on public art, public parks, improving the perception of safety, and improving the entryways to the Corridor
No idea is too big or too small and the application is easy and simple. This cycle's June 30th deadline in fast approaching so if you have a unique idea of how to make the Corridor a better place to live, work, play, and innovate, visit kncmacon.org or contact the Community Foundation of Central Georgia at (478) 750-9338.
Second Sunday and Macon Music Ambassadors Preview Weekend
The College Hill Corridor is welcoming one-to-watch recording artist Sophia Bastian for a full-weekend of live music performances. As part of a Knight Neighborhood Challenge grant, the Macon Music Ambassadors project will preview the upcoming art initiative that invites regional recording artists to Macon to experience the affordable housing, high quality of life and creative opportunities.
As part of the project, Sophia will perform a free concert on Friday at noon in Mercer Village. She will spend Saturday performing a private concert in a historic home in the College Hill Corridor. And on Sunday, she will headline the Second Sunday Concert in Washington Park. During her time in Macon, Sophia, who currently resides in NYC, will be given a tour of the neighborhood and shown the many assets of living, working and playing in the Corridor.
Please welcome Sophia Bastian on Friday at noon in Mercer Village and again on Sunday, from 6-8 p.m., in Washington Park. Local reggae band Dubshak will open the Second Sunday show. All concerts remain free and open to the public because of our sponsors.
Special thanks to this month's Presenting Sponsor: Moonhanger Group!
Celebrate Mother's Day at Second Sunday!
Join us in College Hill's historic Washington Park on May 12, from 6-8 p.m., for a Mother's Day edition of Second Sunday featuring live music from the Grapevine, Georgia's Premier Party Band! The event is always free and open to the public and welcomes leashed pets, picnics and coolers.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Michael's on Mulberry. Washington Park also welcomes kids to splash in the park's fountains and families to kick back for an evening of excellent music, food, and fun. Take care of all the mothers in your life by treating them to a wonderful night out at this month's Second Sunday Concert!
Special thanks to this month's Presenting Sponsor: State Bank & Trust, as well as our Stage Sponsor: The Macon Film Guild, and our Table Sponsor: Roasted Cafe and Lounge.
478 Bibb Fund Offering $1000 Grants To Innovators In Macon
Motivated by a strong desire to spur innovation and entrepreneurship in the Central Georgia region, Macon entrepreneur Stewart Vernon and a group of other local entrepreneurs and business leaders in Bibb County have established the 478 Bibb Fund as a micro-grant organization to fund great ideas with $1,000 at a time.
The 478 Bibb Fund is open to all individuals and organizations in the Central Georgia region. There are no other prerequisites to apply. Any idea, from innovative businesses, community projects and city development plans, can be submitted. The 478 Bibb Fund takes no equity, does not expect repayment, a stake in the idea or any other compensation post-award. According to its site, the leaders who established the grants simply “want to help great ideas become reality.”
To submit an idea, visit 478bibbfund.com/apply.
The College Hill Alliance is promoting the 478 Bibb Fund as part of its partnership with JumpStart America to launch a regional plan for fostering entrepreneurs. This new effort is currently working with an advisory committee of business and academic leaders (among them, Vernon) from all over the Central Georgia region to launch pilot programs this summer.
Latest Progress in the Corridor
The College Hill Alliance recently met with its Steering Committee and presented a progress report for the first quarter of 2013. From the implementation of wayfinding signage, to new sharrows to improve cycling access and safety, to the exciting and unique installation of electric vehicle charging stations at Mercer Village and Mercer University's Welcome Center, the momentum of the Corridor continues to tackle and accomplish the goals of the Master Plan.
Please take a moment to read our current Progress Report, which also includes the latest information on our regional entrepreneurship strategy. Find the report here.