Manchester has given some of its $43.2 million in pandemic relief to nonprofits to host festivals and other community events to address the negative impacts of COVID-19. (Courtesy)
One year ago Manchester learned it would receive $43.2 million in pandemic aid. Since then, it’s awarded 29 nonprofits nearly $254,000 in grants, and now it’s looking to give out more.
The mayor’s office announced Wednesday it is accepting a second round of applications for the nearly $1 million it allotted to community-based projects and events aimed at helping the city recover from the negative effects of the pandemic. Eligible projects include public art installations, community events, outdoor seating, and recreation, according to the application.
The grant program is one of dozens of initiatives in Manchester’s detailed investment plan it released last year. It was among the only communities to do so. Most of the spending addresses public health and safety issues.
As in the first round, nonprofits can request up to $10,000 for projects. Most of the first-round of awards received the full amount. Recipients include the Currier Museum of Art for a block party; NH Black Women’s Health Project to host a cultural festival; Manchester Grows for a community garden; and the Palace Theater Trust to host a weeklong arts festival.
Recipients must provide a minimum 25 percent match, which can be met with money, in-kind donations, or volunteer hours.
Applications are due Aug. 15.
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