The folks behind ioby.org, the crowdsource fund-raising website for civic projects, are hoping to spur up to 20 new projects across Memphis, and they're putting some money behind that wish.
Through their new "discover ioby" campaign, ioby.org has set aside $50,000 to match dollars raised for small civic projects for Memphis. The funds will be available between April 11th and 15th. To qualify, project ideas must be submitted to ioby by March 6th, and fund-raising campaigns must be launched by March 30th at the latest. At least 20 percent of the total project funds must be raised by April 11th to be considered for matching dollars.
Livable Memphis will be administrating the match grant, and they've set up a couple of free information sessions. The first meeting is tonight (Monday, February 23rd) at 5:30 p.m. at the Frayser Community Development Corporation (3684 North Watkins). And there's another meeting on Saturday, February 28th at 10:30 a.m. at the Uptown Resource Center (314 A.W. Willis). More meetings will be scheduled in the coming weeks.
The under-construction Hamp Line bicycle path leading from Overton Park to the Shelby Farms Greenline was one of the city's earliest successful ioby.org projects. Memphis Civic Solar, a Memphis Bioworks project to install 1.5 megawatts of solar energy spread across 30 different municipal buildings, was also funded through ioby.org.