Starting today, the Englewood Neighborhood on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis (where I live, work and worship), is in the running for a $25,000 grant Neighborhood Assist Grant from State Farm.
If we would win, the money would be used to turn our community garden and the adjacent lot into a playspace and Nature education outdoor classroom
The plans include lots of trees for climbing, fruit trees, a tree house, water play area, a picnic shelter and more.
Sandwiched between two abandoned industrial complexes, the little Englewood neighborhood has no parks and very minimal public greenspace. Located in a food desert, food and gardening education is an important piece of the comprehensive development of our neighborhood. Englewood Community Development has coordinated a community garden in this space for at least 12 years and this grant would help expand the garden into a space that in addition to growing food, would encourage imaginative play and nature education.
We’d love for you to vote 10 times daily for our project:
You must be a Facebook user to vote, and you can vote up to 10 times each day from April 4-22.
For more info, and to receive a daily reminder to vote, go to our Facebook event and indicate that you are “going” to this event (not a real event, just a virtual space to let people know about this opportunity).
Here is a promo video that we made for this project, which is a good introduction:
To learn more about some of the things going on in our neighborhood and the broader Near Eastside of Indianapolis, here are a couple of pieces that I wrote for Christianity Today‘s This is Our City:
- Before ‘Transforming’ Your Neighborhood, Talk to Your Neighbors
- A Legacy in Indianapolis that Outlives the Super Bowl