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Downtown Challenge Fund

Grants to Macon, Georgia Nonprofits, Businesses, and
Individuals for Community Projects in the Downtown Area

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of Central Georgia (CFCGA)

Deadline Date:

09/15/18 12:00 PM


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Grants to Macon, Georgia nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, and individuals for projects that respond to opportunities and community needs in the downtown area. Strong proposals will include a well-developed strategy for sustainability, be citizen-led, involve teamwork, and demonstrate inclusive values. Preference will be given to proposals that are programmatic in nature.

Successful projects will respond to community needs and opportunities within the four priority areas identified in the Macon Action Plan.

-Economic Development – Diversify the local economy to ensure that the downtown area is competitive and attractive for new business, support Macon’s institutions as economic anchors for growth, send a clear message that Macon is open for business, and support start-ups and attract job-creating businesses.

-Experience –Program downtown’s social life, build the local audience, keep the urban core clean and safe, and transform Macon’s sidewalks and public spaces as the center stage for community life.

-Living – Encourage more households to relocate downtown, update regulations and codes to encourage investment, strengthen surrounding neighborhoods to offer the best of both worlds (downtown and intown living).

-Connectivity – Cultivate and improve multi-modal transportation options, enhance safety, manage downtown’s parking system in a comprehensive manner.

Please note that the Downtown Challenge Fund will not pay individuals for their time. The Downtown Challenge hopes to inspire people to volunteer their time to transform Downtown Macon.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177200

Estimated Size of Grant:

To ensure that creativity is not impeded, there is not a maximum grant amount.

Term of Contract:

Please note that the Downtown Challenge Fund will not make multi-year grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Businesses, nonprofit organizations, government entities, and individuals may apply to the challenge. However, the Foundation strongly encourages individual applicants to partner with a sponsoring organization. An individual without a sponsoring organization will be required to submit additional information and will be subject to additional reporting requirements.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadlines are 12:00 noon on March 15 and September 15 through 2018.

Grants will be announced no later than 3 months following the application deadline.

More information about the Macon Action Plan may be found here:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register online to apply:

Alex Leahy
478-750-9338, ext. 104

Community Foundation of Central Georgia
577 Mulberry Street, Suite 1600
Macon, GA 31201

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Georgia: Macon (the Downtown Challenge service area bound by I-75 to the west, 7th Street and the Ocmulgee National Monument to the east, Little Richard Penniman Boulevard to the south, and Emery Highway to the north)