Borough’s Annual ‘Park Partners’ Program Stokes Resident Innovation

Everyone’s got two cents to give: a pearl of wisdom that sounds good in the moment but nevertheless remains a pipe dream. Highland Park, through its Park Partners program, looks to take those two cents and turn it into a $2,000 idea.

Now in its sixth year, the publicly funded program provides support for one initiative in each of the five following categories: Environment; the Arts; Culture and Diversity; Safety; and Universal Access or Health & Wellness. Grant applicants are then tasked to describe the public benefit, how residents are engaged by the initiative, and to outline the long-term community benefit.

Projects funded by the program in the past include the Highland Park Outdoor Movie Theater, EduCutHunger, the Cave Afterschool Program, OQ Community Gallery and Arts Events, Raices EcoCulture Sustainable Living Workshop Series, the Gaga Ball pit at the Reformed Church of Highland Park, Wildlife Habitat Restoration, Prescription for Reading Book Distribution, CuttingOutHunger, RE:THINK HP, and much more.

Grant applications are due no later than 1 p.m., Friday, December 21, 2018. Click here to review the grant application and for more information.

Residents choose the winning projects during a public event where applicants present their ideas. While no date has been set, the voting session typically takes place in late January or early February. Stay tuned for additional details.

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