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March 18, 2015

Nice Grants 3: Return of the Nice

March 18, 2015

Birds are singing in the morning, the trees off the Monon are sporting buds, and flowers are beginning to peek through the soil – which can only mean one thing: it’s time for Year 3 of Nice Grants! In case you slept through 2013-14, Nice Grants are our community-focused, creative-project-funding, minimal-strings-attached $1,000 grants that the SmallBox team gives out to Indianapolis-area visionaries who want to make our fair city a better place to live.

What started out as a $5,000 internal incentive for hitting team-wide goals quickly morphed into finding and funding passionate creatives like ourselves who are a few bucks short of realizing an idea they truly believe in. This year, we’ve partnered with DeveloperTown to double the number of Nice Grants. If 5 is nice...then 10 is twice (or thrice!) as nice! We can’t think of a better partner to have along for the ride. They actually co-funded one of the 2014 Nice Grants projects, the train mural by Department of Public Words.

Let’s face it – we love seeing ideas come to fruition and finishing projects – and seeing 10 come to life each year is a whole new level of positive vibes.

If you can’t quite grasp our wide-open version of Naptown Nicing, here are a few stories from past Nicees:

We’re taking applications for your creative project, community initiative, artistic vision, and/or harebrained scheme until April 17. We’ll announce the winners on May 1 – which means there’s no time to waste. Submit your proposal today!

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