Seven NKY projects receive funding in first round of myNKY Nano Grants


In the first round of funding, Skyward and The Center for Great Neighborhoods awarded seven projects in Northern Kentucky with myNKY Nano Grants. The grants are to help support creative placemaking projects that help bring Northern Kentuckians together by building a sense of community, celebrating differences or fostering community pride.
 
The grants are part of a Center program already in place but expanded into three new communities that are part of Skyward’s nine-county target area for the myNKY Plan: Dayton, Florence and Pendleton County.
 
Each project received $250 to help bring its idea to fruition.
 
Dayton:
Dayton Storytime will encourage Dayton residents of all ages to gather to hear local stories in a series of evening events that are designed to increase civic pride and friendship among neighbors.
 
Take a Look @ Dayton KY will allow residents to create short videos about the city and enter them into a contest. The project will get many looking at the city differently and from new perspectives.
 
Florence:
Rose Buddies is a beautification, community engagement and education project that will keep the Knockout Roses along Mall Road blooming all season long.
 
Pendleton County:
A “Ewe-Nique” Art Hop will commission local artists to create artwork that will be displayed in vacant storefronts in Falmouth during the Kentucky Wool Festival. In conjunction with the unveiling of the art, pop-up galleries will open and local musicians will play during the festival, encouraging residents and visitors to enjoy local heritage, art and culture.
 
Imagine This… will expand existing leadership and community engagement programs for young students in Pendleton County Schools through an art and essay contest. The topic for the contest is the future of Pendleton County.
 
Little Free Libraries for PC is a more rural take on the Little Free Library craze. Small structures will be built for the free book exchange project at a number of locations throughout the county. The grant will be used to create signage to help direct people to the standalone libraries.
 
The deadline for a second round of funding for myNKY Nano Grants is Aug. 1. You can apply online here or download the application. All applicants will receive notification of funding decisions within 10 days of the application deadline.
 

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Caitlin Koenig is a Cincinnati transplant and 2012 grad of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. She's the department editor for Soapbox Media and currently lives in Northside with her husband, Andrew, and their three furry children. Follow Caitlin on Twitter at @caite_13.  
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