The little BIG Idea Grants

 


What’s your idea for fun?

This is your chance … that cool thing that all your friends think is a little goofy? Well, we want to know more about it. If we like it enough, we might give you up to $1,000 to pull it off.

Whether you’re 8 or 88 or somewhere in between, we want to bring more beauty, more playfulness, and more surprise to Elkhart County’s sidewalks, streets, downtowns, parks, schools … you name it.

There’s a catch?

OK, before you apply, ask yourself these questions:

  • Will this be fun for lots and lots of people?
  • Is this the kind of activity that could get passers-by to get involved?
  • Does your event involve something that would be visible to the public and get people talking i.e. telling their friends and neighbors about it?

That’s kind of what we’re looking for, so if the answers to these questions are “Yes!” we want to hear about it.

Grant Highlights

Waky Gardens

Heros of Hope

Christmas at the Powerhouse

Goshen Youth Art Faces

Encuentro in the Alley

Middlebury Pumpkin Races 2017

Goshen Rocks

Ready to apply?

  • Apply here anytime (seriously, no deadlines).
  • Applications are reviewed monthly or thereabouts by a really cool team of community volunteers (so keep in mind it could take more than a month for us to get back to you).
  • If you’re a younger than 18, we just need to double-check this is all OK with your parent or guardian.
  • Please be specific about what you’re going to spend the money on for the project.

If you’re looking for help starting your own business, or doing a fundraiser, we wish you luck but this is not the grant program for you. Try looking here instead.

We’re interested in funding projects or new activities and not the continuation of an existing organization. If your organization still wants to apply, think of a specific and creative $1,000 project which we might support!

Grants Awarded

Date Awarded

Applicant

Award

Name of Event

July, 2017

Clarke, Kim

$1,000

Pumpkin Races

July, 2017

Bennett, Tom

$1,000

Waky Gardens

August, 2017

Cooper, Joshua

$500

Goshen Rocks

August, 2017

Schroeder, Leah

$1,000

Goshen Youth Art

August, 2017

Judd, Macey

$1,000

The Makery

August, 2017

Ulloa, Nayo

$750

Encuentro in the Alley

August, 2017

Smart, Damond

$1,000

Memory Cups

September, 2017

Stillson, Rocki

$1,000

Countywide Treasure Hunt

September, 2017

Sokolowski, Elizabeth

$1,000

Central HS Casting Kits

October, 2017

Meeks-Wade, Susie

$1,000

Lunar Lunch

October, 2017

Poling, Betsy

$1,000

Litte Library Boxes

October, 2017

Allen, Laury

$1,000

Heroes of Hope

November, 2017

Joldersma, Banita

$1,000

Pots of Grace

November, 2017

Taylor, Robert

$1,000

Canvas and Kool-Aid

November, 2017

Clarke, Kim

$1,000

Faces of Middlebury

December, 2017

Ambrosen, Kelsey

$1,000

Scavenger Book Hunt

December, 2017

Bienz, Delilah

$250

Positive Posters

December, 2017

Kroening, Lindsey

$750

Goshen HS Guinea Pigs

December, 2017

Stofleth, Jalyn

$1,000

Shine through Slime

December, 2017

Thompson, Trot

$1,000

No Bullying Club

December, 2017

Kovach, Wendy

$1,000

Makerspace Supplies

December, 2017

Munoz, Virginia

$1,000

Spanish Play Date Class

January, 2018

Blosser, Tricia

$1,000

Multi-Dance Concert

January, 2018

Bawtinheimer, Sally

$650

Little Library

January, 2018

Korte, Gregory

$1,000

Windmill in Goshen

January, 2018

Rauch, Elisha

$1,000

Kids Sports Podcast Update

January, 2018

Rothshank, Justin

$1,000

Vase Giveaway

February, 2018

Miller, Annika

$1,000

Student Mural

February, 2018

Stillson, Jeff

$1,000

Flower Gardens Art in Bloom

March, 2018

Beachey, Carrie

$1,000

Fiber Art in Art Alley

March, 2018

Wagner, Amanda

$1,000

Youth Art Sale

March, 2018

Coleman, Stephanie

$1,000

Parent Literacy Night-Elkhart Schools

March, 2018

Czarnecki, Jamison

$1,000

Elkhart Bike to Work Day

March, 2018

Parker, Paula

$1,000

CAPS Cookie & Canvas

May, 2018

Gull, Carla

$500

Nature Play Days

May, 2018

Stemm, Brooke

$1,000

Kits & Canvas

June, 2018

Lackore, Mary

$1,000

Pedal Power Bike Shop

June, 2018

Anderson, Carol

$1,000

Bristol Library Grand Opening

June, 2018

Finefrock, Branston

$1,000

Friendly Friday

June, 2018

Scharf, Adam

$1,000

Art in the Barn

July, 2018

Beauchamp, Desiree

$1,000

Imaginarium Spectorium

September, 2018

Miller, Mekenna

$1,000

Refresh Church Community Services Food Pantry

October, 2018

Dechnik, Stacy

$750

Goshen Artisan Holiday Market

November, 2018

Kramer, Kelly

$500

St Pat's Scavenger Hunt

November, 2018

Clarke, Kim

$1,000

Recyclable Boat Races

January, 2019

Agutu, Achieng

$1,000

NONE Art Event

January, 2019

Kauffman, Darla

$1,000

Night of Nostalgia

January, 2019

Brow, Liz

$250

Lemonpalooza Nappanee

February, 2019

Beachey, Carrie

$1,000

Public Art Piece

February, 2019

Mitchell, Michael

$1,000

Bristol Christmas Decorations

March, 2019

Pieri, Chuck

$1,000

Elkhart Library Party in the Moonlight

March, 2019

Brubaker, Phoebe

$1,000

Celebrate Mothers

March, 2019

Enright, Tom

$1,000

Wild Animal Show

April, 2019

Short, Ida

$1,000

Pirate Printing Day

April, 2019

Beauchamp, Desiree

$1,000

Puppet Parade

April, 2019

Worsham, Amy

$1,000

Downtown Murals/Social Media

May, 2019

Davis, Jo Ellen

$1,000

Sprouts Kids Club

May, 2019

Busari, Oluwatobi

$1,093

Children's Radio Show

May, 2019

King, Amy

$1,000

Buddyboxes

June, 2019

Egan, Allison

$1,000

Elkhart River Cleanup

June, 2019

Bodenhorn, Suzanne

$1,000

Camp Crafty

June, 2019

Musley, Shaima

$1,000

Recycle Fashion Show

July, 2019

Beachey, Carrie

$1,000

Public Art Program

August, 2019

Steury, Paul

$998

Nature Journals

September, 2019

Freeto, Steve

$1,000

Melting Pot of Coffee

September, 2019

Rothshank, Justin

$1,000

Pottery Giveaway

September, 2019

Pairitz, Stephanie

$1,000

Epic Holidaze

September, 2019

Boucher, Marcus

$1,000

Acrylic Panels

September, 2019

Graber, Viki

$1,000

Living Willow Structure

Have questions? Contact us.

Kids and Teens, please be sure to have a parent or guardian send us an email with any questions you may have. We want to be sure they are in the loop, you know, legal reasons and all; the government makes us do it. We will contact you soon and are looking forward to your idea!

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