Memphis, Shelby County launch new grant challenge to better the community

Memphis, Shelby County launch new grant challenge to better the community

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Got an idea that could change and shape the future of Memphis or Shelby County?

A grant challenge just launched to help you get the funding you need to make that idea come to life.

As the City of Memphis and Shelby County prepare to celebrate its 200th anniversary, the New Century of Soul Challenge grant is looking toward the future of the Bluff City.

To match the momentum 2019 will bring to the city and county, both mayors announced on Monday a $100,000 investment into the community made by the city and county to fund community-inspired projects.

“If the neighborhoods, if community leaders come up with great ideas, local government will be there to support them,” said Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris.

The city and county are looking for projects that will have lasting impact on neighborhoods within the Shelby County borders.

This grant could potentially fund grassroots community ideas up to $10,000.

To make this happen, the city and county have teamed up with ioby, a crowdfunding nonprofit to help neighbors organize their ideas and funding.

New Century of Soul grant helps improve community

“Memphis has so much potential and for us to reach that potential it’s not necessarily about getting the right person in office or the right people in city council, those things are important but it’s very important that people at the neighborhood level get involved,” said Chris Jones with ioby.

At ioby, which stands for In Our Backyard, they believe that local is best, which means that neighbors know what’s best for their communities.

It's why they will work with neighborhoods applying for the grant to help them to raise the rest of the needed money.

From murals to a new community garden, or even art in a public park, the city and county are looking for ways the community can leave a lasting mark.

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