Neighborhood Leadership Academy awards 20 mini-grants
- Published: Thursday, March 9, 2023
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Neighborhood Leadership Academy has awarded 20 mini-grants totaling $46,805 to groups across Missouri. The grants, ranging from $380 to $2,500, support neighborhood initiatives including community gardens in schools and parks, neighborhood gatherings to build community and programs to improve the mental and physical health of neighborhood residents.
The Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA) is part of Creating Whole Communities, a collaboration of University of Missouri Extension and University of Missouri–St Louis. The 10-week training program is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and resources to be effective leaders in their communities, says Tasnim Haq, program manager for Creating Whole Communities. The mini-grants fund improvement projects that participants develop during the NLA. Financial support for the mini-grants is provided in part from the Missouri Foundation for Health.
"We are excited to support neighborhood leaders in making their projects become a reality, creating positive change at the grassroots level, and, ultimately, building the communities that they envision for themselves,” Haq says.
NLA focuses on bringing together neighborhood leaders from across the state of Missouri to learn the skills and build the networks necessary to create healthy, vibrant and whole communities, she says. For more information, visit cwc.umsl.edu/nla.
Registration for the 2023 NLA opens this summer.
Winners of the Neighborhood Leadership Academy mini-grants:
|Brooke Ali||School Tower Gardens||St. Louis City|
|Brittnee Bell||Community Gardening||St. Louis County|
|Justin Cole||HIV Resource Fair||St. Louis County|
|Fannta Drummer||Community Farm/Orchard||St. Louis City|
|April Gerlt||NW Independence Block Party||Jackson County|
|Monica Groves||Empower Hour||St. Louis City|
|David Hults||Introducing the Musaeum Library||St. Louis City|
|FeliceSkye Hutchinson||Wellston History Podcast||St. Louis County|
|Jayne Jackson||Cornerstone Center||St. Louis City|
|Christina Kanak||Elder Care Pilot Program||Johnson County|
|Susan Liley||Floodplain Management Plan||Jefferson County|
|Robin Lovings Brown||Old North St. Louis Cleanup||St. Louis City|
|Shari McCallister||Good Neighbor Day||Texas County|
|Pamela Neal||Hillsdale Demolition Project||St. Louis County|
|Libet Ojeda||Independence PAL Program||Jackson County|
|Terry Phelps||Salem Farmers’ Market||Dent County|
|Marcieta Reed||City of Vinita Park Garden||St. Louis County|
|Tasha Skouby||Community Fitness Classes||Franklin County|
|Jennifer Whittaker||COVID-19 and Youth Depression||St. Louis City|
|Tangela Williams-Spann||Stitched Together Crochet Club||Belleville|
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