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Skyward, Center for Great Neighborhoods to offer nano grants in Northern Kentucky Communities

Skyward and The Center for Great Neighborhoods (The Center) are partnering to offer nano grants throughout Northern Kentucky.

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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 program will offer small grants, up to $250, in support of creative place-making 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, Kentucky, 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.

Skyward is both the engineer and the engine behind myNKY, a community-driven five-year strategic work plan designed to elevate Northern Kentucky to new heights.

Skyward’s purpose is to make Northern Kentucky thrive by connecting education, wellness, business and culture in innovative, inclusive, productive ways, as outlined in the myNKY plan.



“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. “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.

The Dayton Community Workshop takes place Tuesday, June 7 (tonight), prior to the city council meeting at the Dayton Schools Administration Building, located at 200 Clay Street.

The Florence Community Workshop is Tuesday, June 21, prior to the city council meeting at the Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Boulevard in the Lower Level/Community Room C.

The Pendleton County Community Workshop took place Monday evening.

Two application windows will be offered, with two or three 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.

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The Center for Great Neighborhoods has been a catalyst for positive growth in Covington, KY since 1976.

The non-profit organization is committed to helping people discover and develop their skills, find and use the resources they need, and discover partners who share their concern for the well-being of Covington.

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,” Esarey said.

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 kate@greatneighborhoods.org.


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