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Overview

Overview

We at the WestSide Collaborative exist to see a more equitable, inclusive and hope-filled WestSide Community and we believe that the best way to see this vision come to life is by being a catalyst for residents. We believe residents have all the gifts, assets and ideas to be a thriving community, but sometimes need a little boost. The Resident Empowerment Grants aim to be that boost, by offering three significant financial awards to passionate residents who want to make their neighborhood a better community!

Who is it for?

Who is it for?

The Resident Empowerment Grants are for you, the residents of the WestSide. The officially boundaries are marked by the West Grand and John Ball Area Neighborhood Organizations as delineated in the map below.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Resident in delineated WestSide Boundaries
  • At least 18 years of age or sponsored by an adult
  • Have a passion to see the WestSide a community where everyone can thrive
  • May not be a business/Non-profit organization or for-profit model project

How it works

How it works

  1. Notice a challenge facing our community. Take notice of the various challenges, frustrations or opportunity in our community, whether it’s trash on the sidewalks and streets, underutilized park space, hunger, etc…
  2. Brainstorm a plan. Start brainstorming ideas and writing down plans to address the challenge of your interest and gather friends, family, classmates and neighbors to join your cause.
  3. Apply! Download an electronic English application form here or in Spanish here, to prepare your responses before officially applying below by clicking the “Apply Now” button.
  4. Public Vote. Each applicants idea will be posted on our website and opened to WestSide Residents to vote for their favorite project.
  5. Top 5 Finalists Announced Date TBD Early 2018.
  6. Finalist Idea Pitch at WestSide Community Night Date TBD 2018. Join friends family and community members for a fun night of hearing the 5 finalist pitch their projects to a panel of judges, all vying for the top grant of $1,000. Second and third place finishers will receive $500 and $250 grants for their projects.

Example

Example 1.0

Steve and Cindy are fairly new to the neighborhood, but started to notice that with each spring thaw the streets and sidewalks around there home looked awful. There was trash everywhere, and an almost countless number of smashed glass bottles under the expressway.

Steve and Cindy began talking to their neighbors and asking if they would be interested in joining them for an annual spring clean-up for a few hours on a Saturday in April. The neighbors, also had noticed the trash built up each spring and thought it was a great idea and even suggested having a block party afterwards to celebrate and get to know one another.

Steve and Cindy are now going on year 8 of their neighborhood clean up and it has turned from just a dozen or so of their immediate neighbors into a community event were over 300 residents turned out to last years event.

Example 2.0

Jimmy and his friends often walked around the neighborhood looking for things to do all summer. The park across the street was big, but didn’t have much to offer. The baseball field was completely useless, the basketball courts were often taken up by older kids and there wasn’t a soccer field or skate park nearby, which is what they really wanted. One day Jimmy and his friends decided to make the most of the tennis courts that were never used and falling apart and kick the soccer ball around.

After that that really started dreaming! They heard that in another part of town, a park had Futsol courts for hard-surface soccer and got excited about the possibility of turning their tennis courts into futsol courts too. After talking to his parents and them helping him get connected with some other neighbors who knew more about the parks, they got permission to try out their idea. Jimmy and his friends and other neighbors spent a weekend pulling all the weeds off the court.  The Park’s Department even provided them with crack sealer to fill in some of the major cracks in the court. Before long they had even received enough support from the community to purchase goals, and once unused tennis courts where being used daily by kids and adults for futsol!

How to Apply

We’re so glad you’re considering applying. We have a simple application process that starts when you download an electronic form from one of the links below and get a feel for the questions you’ll be asked. Once you click the actual “Apply Here” button there’s no turning back, you’ll need to complete you form, unfortunately you can’t save it and return later. We suggest even typing up your responses ahead of time and simply copy and pasting them into the actual form.

Apply! Download an electronic application form English here Spanish here, to prepare your responses before officially applying below by clicking the “Apply Now” button.

Thanks again and Good Luck!

If you have any other questions please feel free to contact us via email at andrew@westsidegr.com.

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Map Key

Resident Eligibility Boundary

North to Pannell. West to Bristol-Walker-Valley. South to Wealthy. East to the Grand River.

Neighborhood Boundary Map

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