$3 Million Offered in Macon's Downtown Challenge

Downtown Macon Challenge Announced

Have an awesome idea for Downtown Macon and its surrounding neighborhoods? Two local foundations are funding $3 million over the next three years to make community dreams a reality.

""We so often look to outside experts when in reality we have the experts here. Sometimes all it takes is a little money," said Beverly Blake, Knight Foundation program director for Macon."

Macon's Downtown Challenge was announced Tuesday morning at Terminal Station calling on projects and suggestions like the Tattnall Square Park and soapbox derby. "The renaissance of Tattnall Square Park and Magnolia Street's soapbox derby are just two examples of how grants between $450 and $130,000 launched the dreams of participants in the $3 million Knight Neighborhood Challenge in the College Hill Corridor between 2009 and 2014."

Both were just dreams to make Macon a better place. Today, they're local attractions and cultural offerings that have increased the quality of life in and around the Macon area. 

""It really shows me that the people of Macon love this place and they want it to thrive and they want to be part of the change," Blake said."

"She can't wait to see the next batch of suggestions as the first deadline for applications is March 15 at noon. Businesses, non-profit groups, government entities and individuals can find filing details and requirements at DowntownChallengeMacon.org."

We look forward to seeing what our community builds next!

Read more about Macon's Downtown Challenge in The Telegraph & Macon.com here: http://www.macon.com/news/local/article56609888.html

Macon's Downtown Challenge Announced Tuesday at the Historic Terminal Station. Photo by Macon.com

Macon's Downtown Challenge Announced Tuesday at the Historic Terminal Station.
Photo by Macon.com