Little BIG Idea Grant keeps on boosting Elkhart County kids’ creative ideas

On Friday, June 7, 2019, Little BIG Idea Grant committee members awarded its seventh micro-grant to an Elkhart County resident who is younger than 18. 

Ten-year-old Oluwatobi Busari’s project to create a regular ongoing music and information radio program aimed at Elkhart County kids will soon be a reality, thanks to the $1,093 grant. Committee members decided to cover the $93 difference between Oluwatobi’s expected cost for sound, recording and mixing equipment. 

While it’s the seventh time that someone younger than 18 received a Little BIG Idea Grant since the program’s inception in 2017, there have been far more grant winners that have helped with creative, fun and engaging projects involving kids. 

Among the seven grants than have gone to 18-and-younger applicants have been projects such as Jaylyn Stofleth’s Shine with Slime event in Goshen and Branston Finefrock’s Friendly Friday project in Nappanee. On top of that, 12 other projects went for projects either for students and carried about by students, including Goshen Youth Art’s Faces project, Concord High School’s Heroes of Hope and a sculpture project involving Elkhart Central High School art students. 

The Little BIG Idea Grant is a micro-grant program launched with funding from the Elkhart County, IN Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Community Foundation of Elkhart County. Little BIG Idea Grants are intended to inspire fun, love, creativity and community through programs, events and projects that celebrate life in Elkhart County. Successful applicants receive up to $1,000 to pursue their ideas and help make their idea a reality. 

Since August 2017, the Little BIG Idea Grant has provided $55,000 to 59 projects from Goshen to Middlebury to Nappanee to Elkhart. The grant program has helped pumpkins race down a street in Middlebury, artists mount incredible displays in Elkhart, Goshen and Nappanee, and spread positive messages of encouragement at Concord High School.  

Submit your ideas at www.littlebigideagrant.com. Each month, a volunteer committee reviews the applications and selects exciting projects for a grant. 

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