State awards quality of place grants
By Alex Brown | Inside INdiana Business
The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development have awarded more than $100,000 to 23 cities, towns and organizations through the Quick Impact Placebased Grant Program. The effort provides matching grants for quality of place initiatives.
The grants range from $2,500 to $5,000 for projects "which promote engagement and interaction to enhance the distinctive character of local Indiana places for positive economic and community outcomes. The goal of the program is to support projects that "spark community-wide conversation and creativity."
The recipients from northeast Indiana and their projects include:
- Albion S.T.A.R. Team - Albion - $5,000: This grant will be used to install interactive life-size chess/checker board at Owen Park in Albion as well as bike racks around the courthouse square and decorative wayfinding signage in the downtown district area.
- City Of Decatur - $5,000: This grant will help fund an art alley in the heart of Downtown Decatur transforming a non-descript and low-traffic place into a vibrant and safe walkway.
- Drug Free Noble County Inc. - Noble County - $5,000: The grant will help fund an interactive campaign promoting positive family and community values in order to decrease the perception of Noble County as a drug community.