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August NR Future Five Meet-up Recap!

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Last night’s NR Future Five meet-up centered around two grant applications,  Murder Mystery Night at the Library and Interest Food Project.

When the meetup attendees arrived they were able to interact with each other over pizza followed by a powerpoint presentation displaying a quick overview of the NR Future Five Program.

The participants then began to discuss the grant submissions.

The Arts & Creative Culture Grant Idea was dedicated to New Rochelle Public Library Foundation’s idea of a Murder Mystery Night at the Library.

The group discussed the idea asking questions regarding the event and ways in which to help make the idea successful.

“The Murder Mystery Night at the Library is a fundraiser sponsored by the NRPL Foundation to raise funds to keep the library up to date and better able to serve New Rochelle's diverse community. Proceeds from this event will enable us to develop resources as well as programming to inspire our young people, engage their minds and spark potential career aspirations through a state-of–the-arts digital media center and other programs that will do such things as enable youth to edit video, record music and create through 3-D printing. These are only some of the many projects envisioned by the Foundation to create ‘the library of the future’,  others are listed on our website at www.nrplfoundation.org

The second grant idea was submitted for the NR Future Five Category of Food and Dining. This idea you may have seen before as the program has been awarded grant money from the program in the past. The goal of this leg of the Interest Food Garden program is to now establish a sustainable garden at the Hope Soup Kitchen, providing produce for those members of the community who utilize Hope Community Services. The grant will assist with purchasing the necessary materials (i.e. rain barrels, raised beds, and compost).

The group discussed the second idea together and unanimously decided to award Murder Mystery Night at the Library the $500 grant and Interest Food Project the $250 grant that was requested.

To view some of the other ideas that have already been posted and are receiving the community’s support check out the grant ideas page.

See the full list of winners and get more information here on how you can submit a grant of your own!

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NR Future Five July Meet-up Recap!

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At last night’s NR Future Five meet-up we discussed two grant applications that were received during the month of June. These grant ideas will benefit the community by giving back to community members in a creative way.

This month’s grant ideas included, Market Maker Bags and Operation Prom’s Fashion U Classes.

When the meetup attendees arrived they were able to interact with each other over pizza followed by a powerpoint presentation displaying a quick overview of the NR Future Five Program.

The participants then began to discuss the grant submissions.

The Arts & Creative Culture Grant Idea was dedicated to Operation Prom’s Fashion U. The group discussed the idea and ways in which to help make the idea successful. “Fashion U is a fashion classroom allowing students from 8 years old to 15 years old to learn about design, sewing, textiles, merchandising and styling. A list of summer classes is as follows:

  • Introduction to Fabrics & Textiles, Upcycling Design Project and Sewing
  • Mood Board Project & Boutique Merchandising
  • The Art of Sketching, Portfolio Development
  • Jewelry Making
  • Fashion Styling, Accessories and Creating Cosmetics

In addition to these courses, Fashion U has future plans for birthday parties and other events for children.”

The grant will be used as a scholarship to offer 2 deserving students to attend our summer program at no cost. If allocated after the summer, the $500 grant will be used as a scholarship for the fall/after-school fashion courses.”

For Local Business Development the idea submitted was Market Maker Bags. This grant would be used to “provide free or low cost reusable shopping bags at the NR Downtown Farmers Market. Shoppers can decorate a bag in the ArtisanNR tent and use it to bring home their Market goodies.”

The group reported their discussion and primary points, explaining the grant ideas that were discussed and whether or not the grant was awarded to the applicant. The Market Maker Bags idea was awarded the $250 grant and the $500 was awarded to Operation Prom!

To view some of the other ideas that have already been posted and are receiving the community’s support check out the grant ideas page.

See the full list of winners and get more information here on how you can submit a grant of your own!

If you have any questions, send an email to [email protected] or [email protected], call the office at 914-278-9410, or stop in!

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June NR Future Five Meet-up Recap

 

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At our latest NR Future Five meet-up on Tuesday, June 7th we discussed three grant applications that were received during the month of May. These grant ideas will certainly add to the vibrancy of our downtown. As always, we are thankful for the community’s participation and creativity!

This month’s grant ideas included, A Fun In The Sun Fundraiser, Interest Food Project - Strawberry Baskets for Seniors, and New Ro Movie Night.

When the meetup attendees arrived they were able to interact with each other over pizza followed by a powerpoint presentation displaying a quick overview of the NR Future Five Program.

The participants then broke into three groups to discuss the $250 grant submissions.

The Millennial Engagement breakout group discussed the grant idea of New Ro Movie Night.

New Ro Movie Night will be a chance for millennials to gather together to watch a movie on the projector at the NR Future office. The millennials will decide what that movie will be collectively. The grant will be used to purchase snacks, pizza, and dessert. The millennials will look to our local downtown businesses to provide these refreshments for this event. This event will “be an opportune moment for the Millennials of New Rochelle to get to know each other, as well as enjoy a summer night out with friends.”

The Food & Dining Scene Future Five Grant Idea for this month was awarded to the Interest Food Garden Project to fund a Strawberry Basket Making Program for our New Rochelle Seniors, hosted at the Hugh A Doyle Center. This program which has previously won a $500 grant from NR Future has taken off and gained so much momentum that an additional program under the same umbrella is now underway. “This is an indoor project, where we can involve the seniors who aren't able to get out to the garden and help with the vegetable beds. It will get them involved by making strawberry fruit baskets, so that they can feel like they are helping. These seniors will plant, water and watch the strawberries grow.” The first class was May 19th and with this grant they can continue to have more.

For Local Business Development the idea submitted was a Fun In The Sun Downtown Fundraiser. This Fun In The Sun Fundraiser would be held at New Roc’s FunFuzion and the grant money would go towards food and advertising. Ultimately, the fundraiser would help fund a trip to Dorney Park with 30 New Rochelle kids.

Each group reported their discussion and primary points, explaining the grant ideas that were discussed and whether or not the grant was awarded to the applicant. The Interest Food Garden - Strawberry Basket Making Idea and the New Roc Movie Night grant ideas were awarded $250 grants and the $500 was awarded to the Fun In The Sun Fundraiser!

To view some of the other ideas that have already been posted and are receiving the community’s support check out the grant ideas page.

See the full list of winners and get more information here on how you can submit a grant of your own!

If you have any questions, send an email to [email protected] or [email protected], call the office at 914-278-9410, or stop in!

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May NR Future Five Meet-up Recap!

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Our NR Future Five Grant Meet-up is continuing on successfully!

On Tuesday, May 3rd we discussed the five grant applications that were received for the month of April. The grant ideas are getting more creative by the month and showing a tremendous amount of community involvement and action.

The grant ideas included, A Community Block Party, Main Street's Secret Gardens, Moving Millennials - A 5K Run, Rock And Ramen, and Alvin’s on the Square. We are so thrilled to see the New Rochelle Community using the NR Future Five Grant Program to create such innovative ideas and demonstrating Tactial Urbanism at its finest.

When the meetup attendees arrived they were able to interact with each other for a few minutes followed by a powerpoint presentation displaying a quick overview of the NR Future Five Program. Following the powerpoint presentation, the attendees were shown a five minute video demonstrating an example of Tactial Urbanism, Build A Better Block.

The participants then broke into five groups to discuss the $250 grant submissions.

The Millennial Engagement breakout group discussed the grant idea of Moving Millennials. Moving Millennials will be a 5K Run through the Nature Study Woods. “The intended goal is to raise awareness to the beautiful, recently renovated jogging trail while organizing the millennials participating and giving them a chance to network. We hope to promote the Moving Millennials 5K Run through Iona College, Monroe College and College of New Rochelle as well as any other New Rochelle millennial residents.” The Moving Millennials 5K Run will partner with “Fish on the Run, a newly opened restaurant/smoothie bar located on Anderson Street, right in the heart of New Rochelle's downtown. Not only will it get millennial engagement, but it will also bring awareness to this new business.”

The Food & Dining Scene Future Five Grant Idea for this month was an event entitled Rock And Ramen, “A multi-tier ramen eating contest at The Rock Club in New Rochelle, contestants will compete in groups of 10 to see who can finish their bowl of downtown food establishments, Roc-N-Ramen's ramen first! The top two winners from each group will then compete in the championship round! There will be Djs (live music), rock climbing and ramen eating. There will be a small fee to participate in the event where half goes to winner and half goes to local soup kitchen.”

The Public Space and Storefront Beautification Grant Idea went towards Main Street's Secret Gardens. The idea is to allow the community to utilize these plots of land. R. Patisserie could serve coffee and tea there for purchase and community members could relax in the space and enjoy the atmosphere. The idea is to plant flowers and install items to create a serene environment. “There are two vacant lots on Main Street that face each other. One is a big space with about 3 shrubs and the other is a much smaller space with some sculptural display. The bigger space can be leased to a very good nursery plant store which should display not only plants (shrubs, house plants, bonsai, etc.) for sale but also garden accessories/supplies, interesting garden furniture, etc.. The smaller lot across can be utilized to further display the more garden items like garden pots, containers (local and imports e.g. Mexico).  Also, providing a café utilizing the garden furniture to serve some coffee or tea to consumers shopping will make the area more attractive.”

For the Arts & Creative Culture Grant, Alvin’s on The Square was the grant idea submitted. Alvin’s on The Square would be a musical event right outside of Alvin & Friends Restaurant. “The first date in this series is June 3rd with live music featuring members of Beyonce's band, the Book Of Mormon Broadway show and the Stephen Colbert Show.” This idea was generated to broaden the existing offering of live music within Downtown New Rochelle.

For Local Business Development the idea submitted was Fish On The Run’s Community Block Party. “It will be an opportunity to promote healthy eating and staying active. I will have a bounce house obstacle course, a DJ, and face painting.” Local businesses will be invited to participate and contribute to the event. The entire New Rochelle community will be invited to join this fun event that will take place sometime in June.

Each group reported their discussion and primary points, explaining the grant ideas that were discussed and whether or not the grant was awarded to the applicant. All of the ideas were awarded the $250 and the $500 was awarded to Fish On The Run for their Community Block Party!

To view some of the other ideas that have already been posted and are receiving the community’s support check out the grant ideas page.

Here is what some of the attendees had to say about the meeting:

“Nice to be able to grant money to my neighbors for the betterment of the whole community!” - Dave

“Great to have a voice in New Rochelle’s future.” - Loris C.

“It was such a fun experience to sit down with new people, sharing new and innovative ideas for the same purpose - bring ‘life’ once again to New Rochelle.” - Anonymous

See the full list of winners and get more information here on how you can submit a grant of your own!

If you have any questions, send an email to [email protected] or [email protected], call the office at 914-278-9410, or stop in!

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Apartment tower evokes New Rochelle’s past

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