Nice Grants returns for its third year, promising $10,000 in microgrants for projects that will have a positive impact on Indianapolis. SmallBox, a creative agency, started the Nice Grants program in 2013 with an initial investment of five grants at $1,000 each.
This year, DeveloperTown, a web and mobile products-focused company, has joined forces with SmallBox to double the available micro grants to ten, for a total of $10,000.
“We believe that people like SmallBox and projects like Nice Grants are what makes Indianapolis so unique,” said Michael Cloran, managing partner, DeveloperTown. “It’s a privilege to help out and we can’t wait to see the submissions.”
These grants are intended to help people make great ideas happen. Nice Grants are different than a traditional grant, as recipients need not be a nonprofit. Organizations with or without tax-exempt status, and creatives, entrepreneurs and community builders alike are encouraged to apply. SmallBox does follow up with the grant recipients, sharing stories of how the funds are used at www.nicegrants.org. There are no further requirements or stipulations.
Check out some of these past projects that received Nice Grants:
- Reimagined train traffic on the Monon
- Brought a youth biking program up to speed
- Laid the foundation for some fresh beehives
- Helped a music-making-machine hit the right notes
- Let young readers choose their own (reading) adventures
The concept of Nice Grants originated when SmallBox employees earned a $5,000 bonus for surpassing revenue goals. Instead of dividing the funds amongst employees, the team chose to invest the bonus into the community, and “SmallBox funds for big ideas” was born.
Applicants with ideas for projects that would have a positive impact on the Indianapolis community are invited to submit their Nice Grant idea by visiting www.nicegrants.org/apply.
Submissions are due by noon Friday, April 17, with winners being announced on Friday, May 1.