Grants to fund small projects

ReInvision Huntingdon is once again seeking area residents with visions for community improvement to apply for funding through the Small Projects Big Ideas initiative.
 
The grants have been made possible through donations from community members who have requested that the money be used to fund visible projects within the community, with an emphasis on downtown Huntingdon.
 
“We’re doing it again and plan to offer the grants quarterly. This time, the deadline for applications is noon Thursday, June 30,” said Ryan Gibboney, founder of ReInvision Huntingdon. “Our donors, who wish to remain anonymous, wish to see visible, awesome projects within the community.”
 
The grants are $500 and can include projects such as painting porches, planting flower beds in vacant areas or cleaning up areas in need of attention.
 
“We want to see physical, visible projects,” she said. “Our donors love the idea of painting projects, something we see every day. They’d love to see perennial gardens planted.”
 
ReInvision Huntingdon is an independent group of activists seeking community input to enrich Huntingdon as well as put that input to work in actively working toward community improvement.
 
While initially there was to be only one recipient during the application process for the first Small Project Big Ideas grant in March, two applicants were selected due to the quality of the proposals.
 
“We originally met thinking we would only fund one project, but they were so good we selected two,” Gibboney said.
 
Linda Goodman, along with Boy Scout Troop 28, received $500 for a park cleanup project on the grounds across from Laney’s Feed Mill. The funds were used to install two new benches with patio blocks underneath and work was completed to cover the existing blacktop area and prepare it for planting with grass and wildflowers. Picnic tables were also constructed and placed on the site. Woodduck boxes will also be placed along the Juniata River to provide habitat for native duck species.
 
Pam Grugan of Walk Huntingdon received $250, needed to complete phase one of Walk Huntingdon’s project goals by enabling the purchase of four of the 38 signs placed throughout Huntingdon Borough to promote walking and healthy lifestyles. The completion of the first phase was celebrated with an Earth Day Walk April 22.
 
“We are planning to do the grants again in the fall and in the winter,” she said. “We have started to receive applications, but we would like to see more applications which have to do with quick, visible projects. We encourage applicants to be clear with their ideas and have plans in mind.”
 
More information about Small Projects Big Ideas can be found at facebook.com/ reinvisionhuntingdon/ or by emailing reinvisionhuntingdon@gmail.com.
 
To apply for a Small Projects Big Ideas grant, visit http://tinyurl.com/zuxa4w5.
 
Applications must be submitted no later than noon Thursday, June 30, and the recipient will be notified in July.