February is the perfect time to celebrate the creativity, passion and neighborly spirit of Elkhart County residents. Why?

On Monday, Feb. 4, the Elkhart County Commissioners declared February 2019 to be Little BIG Idea Month, just as they did in February 2018.

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.

The latest recipients of Little BIG Idea Grants are:

  • Night of Nostalgia, summer 2019. Darla Kauffman of Middlebury will receive $1,000 for an evening of outdoor games at a Middlebury park. The event would feature yard games, board games and snacks of yesteryear. The date has not been determined.
  • Lemonpalooza festival, May 18. Liz Brow of Elkhart will receive $250 to expand the community celebration of Lemonade Day to the city of Nappanee.

Since August 2017, the Little BIG Idea Grant has provided $42,900 to 47 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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