New Grants Available for Community Improvement Efforts


One organization in Memphis is now offering grants up to $2,500 to individuals and grassroots groups who are involved in community improvement work.

The Empowerment Fund, sponsored by Community Leverage Investments for Transformation (LIFT), is meant to help build a network of local leaders who can advocate for neighborhood revitalizations that improves quality of life for some of the city's under-resourced communities, according to LIFT officials.

Community LIFT's grants director, Nefertiti Orrin says the grants are designed for people who are currently leading initiatives or programs aimed to improve the community, but may be lacking the resources to continue carrying out their efforts. She says the grants will "heighten potential for real community change," by providing financial assistance to those already with a "vested interest in achieving positive outcomes."

"The Empowerment Fund is for say that we see you, we believe in you and we want to support you," she said.

Applicants, including residents, property or business owners, as well as representatives from neighborhood associations or local grassroots groups can apply through Thursday, August 24.

Those who wish to apply must first attend one of two informational sessions: Tuesday, August 8 or Thursday, August 10 beginning at 4:00 p.m. at locations not yet determined.

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