Collective Impact Lincoln has awarded 12 mini-grants of up to $1,000 each for improvement projects in Lincoln’s core neighborhoods.
The partnership – made up of Civic Nebraska, Nebraska Appleseed and the South of Downtown Community Development Organization – focuses on resident-led change in Everett, Hartley, Near South, University Place, Clinton and Belmont neighborhoods. The mini-grants will help fund art, social, placemaking and civic activities.
“Every day and in a variety of ways, Lincolnites are taking the time and care to build up their neighborhoods,” said Nancy Petitto, director of Collective Impact Lincoln. “Our partnership is pleased to help fortify this social and civic fabric.”
The mini-grants went to:
Lulu’s on N, to provide 213 take-home Easter meals and 63 Easter baskets to families who access the OpeN Shelf pantry at ConnectioN Point in the Clinton neighborhood.
LUX Center for the Arts, to focus on improving the walkability and safety of University Place. LUX will install lighting in the Community Art Alley, a 4- by 8-foot "Lite Brite," and add lighting to another corner of the campus with two murals.
Public Art Space. Neighborhood resident Ella Durham received funding to create an outdoor walk-by art gallery and public art space in the Clinton neighborhood. The project encourages making public art accessible and engaging for neighbors, while also drawing on aspects of placemaking.
Little Free Libraries. Clinton resident Lorna Parks received funding to buy children’s books for Little Free Libraries in her neighborhood. The books are available to children who attend Clinton Elementary School or who are on their way home from The Shield and Pentzer Park.
Belmont Community Center, to create and showcase a piece of public art to inspire the community toward organizing and civic engagement, and to highlight attributes of the neighborhood.
Public Seating Area. Near South resident Nicholaus Svoboda received a mini-grant to install a public seating area next to a Little Free Library that is frequented by community members. The seating area includes a large recycled plastic park bench for neighbors to enjoy.
University Place Community Organization, to continue its annual Easter Egg Hunt with a COVID-friendly drive-through Easter Egg Hop. The event was a fun way to re-engage neighbors.
City Impact Youth Communications Team, to create a YouTube channel and podcast to spotlight an array of local community leaders. The funds will help purchase equipment and launch the communications platforms to mentor, teach and empower.
The Bay, to team with Community Learning Centers to produce and host a Youth Film and Photo Festival. The goal is to provide a spotlight to young creatives to promote future-focused skills and thinking in the field of digital arts and emerging media.
Indigo Bridge, to create and maintain a free, community tool share library in the Everett neighborhood. The tool share library will help support mutual-aid projects by providing access to basic tools for renters and homeowners.
Lincoln Northeast Auto Club, to offer member endorsements for dual credit classes for students at Lincoln Northeast and Lincoln High schools, as well as offering a tool voucher program for students who plan to attend college for an automotive degree.
Hazel Abel Park. Near South resident Kate Farneth received a mini-grant to support social events in the park. These events include a one-day dog park followed by a park cleanup, live music and the opportunity to meet neighbors.
This is the second set of Collective Impact Lincoln mini-grants since the partnership was formed four years ago. The first round of grants, which were awarded in 2019, helped make eight improvement projects and events across the core neighborhoods possible.
About Collective Impact Lincoln
Collective Impact Lincoln creates resident-led investment and positive change in the city’s core neighborhoods. Through canvassing, community events and community builder workshops, it helps neighbors examine their communities’ strengths and identify new ways to improve. It is an intensive, multi-year partnership between Civic Nebraska, Nebraska Appleseed and the South of Downtown Community Development Organization. To learn more, visit www.civicnebraska.org/impact.