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Community LIFT now accepting Empowerment Fund applications

Community LIFT is in the application-accepting mode for its 2018 Empowerment Fund grants.

Launched last year, the Empowerment Fund is designed to provide financial assistance to grassroots leaders and organizations for community work that improves the quality of life in Memphis’ under-resourced neighborhoods. The application window opened on June 26.

Residents, business or property owners, and neighborhood associations can apply for grants of up to $2,500 to fund community-supported projects that promote community cohesion, improve the physical spaces in the neighborhood, cultivate financial stability, and/or assist neighborhood stakeholders in collaborative action.

“The Empowerment Fund is designed to support the people and organizations that are already working to improve their neighborhoods and revitalize their communities,” said Nefertiti Orrin, grants director for Community LIFT.

“We have been pleased with the projects that our grants have enabled so far, and we look forward to continuing to support the creativity, thoughtfulness, and ingenuity of residents and grassroots entities in their efforts to create great neighborhoods.”

Those who are interested in applying for an Empowerment Fund grant must attend an information session: The remaining session is July 9 from 10:30 a.m. to noon  at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, 1900 Union Ave.

Community LIFT is a community development intermediary that works to advance Memphis by “facilitating funding and connections that empower residents, grow community development corporations and neighborhood businesses to renew place, and build support for greater Memphis neighborhoods.” LIFT is an acronym for Leveraging Investments for Transformation’

In 2017, LIFT awarded $70,000 in small grants to 30 individuals and organizations through the Empowerment Fund. The grants supported a wide range of programs, events, and activities in 22 neighborhoods across the city.

All 2018 Empowerment Fund applications must be submitted by July 27, and grants will be announced on September 21.

(For more information, visit www.communitylift.org)

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