Want to change the world? Start with your neighborhood.
Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) is looking for ideas for how to make Southwest DC an even greater place, and they want to help people make those ideas a reality with Pocket Change. Pocket Change is a community micro-grant program that brings together Southwest DC community members to help support grassroots neighborhood improvement projects.
Proposals can be submitted until January 31st. A committee will then select five finalists.
The top five proposals will have the opportunity to pitch their idea to the community during the Pocket Change event in February. Event attendees will make a suggested donation of $5 and listen to five, five-minute pitches from people who want to do something great in Southwest. Attendees will vote for the project they think will have the most impact on the neighborhood.
Winners will receive a grant for the amount of the money raised at the door plus $750 from the SWBID and the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA).
There are only four rules for submissions:
- that the project be in SWDC;
- the project be inclusive;
- the project be apolitical, and
- the project be something that can realistically be implemented within three to six months with a budget of about $1,000.
Any ideas that can practically be implemented can be submitted. Possibilities include, but are not limited to: holding a monthly community birthday party, curating a public art installation, starting a tool library, piloting mobile compost collection, launching a Stories of SW video series, creating the ultimate ‘Welcome to SW’ package for new residents or starting a mentorship program.
If you do not consider yourself an ‘ideas person’ but want to support the Pocket Change project, participate by voting after the time and date for the Pocket Change event are announced.