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!
Submitted by AshleyAldrich