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About GCF

 

Grenada Community Foundation works to improve the quality of life for all Grenada area residents. We build a stronger, more vibrant community by connecting people who care with causes that matter. For a summary of our activities, click here: GCF Annual Board Letter.

We are delighted to announce our newest program area: the Grenada Downtown Historic District Association, organized as a separate entity under the general supervision of GCF. You will hear much more about this in the coming weeks and months, but we are organizing ourselves to develop a long term plan for Grenada’s Historic Downtown District, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014, and to implement that plan in collaboration with a broad array of partners.  The Grenada Downtown Historic District includes the commercial and governmental core of the city, and includes a total of 93 buildings. Encompassing the historic commercial area of Grenada as it was laid out after the construction of the railroad line through Grenada in the 1850s,  The District, includes commercial, governmental, religious, public and a few residential structures and reflects the character of a small city that developed in response to the commerce along the Yalobusha River. Most of our historic buildings are one- and two-story row buildings, and retain original elements such as pilasters, columns, decorative vents, and stepped parapets.

To prepare ourselves to develop and implement such a plan, the Downtown District Association is intending to join Mississippi Main Street  and is raising funds from private and public sources to support our program. The Grenada City Council and the Grenada County Board of Supervisors passed supporting resolutions in early May, and momentum is growing as we imagine developing our beautiful Square into the arts and entertainment center of Grenada, with rehabilitated buildings offering apartments and attractive spaces for artists, musicians, and just plain folks to live and work. And eat!

Our efforts are being divided into 5 Task Forces: Vision, Organization. Design, Promotion, and Economic Vitality. If you would like to get involved, please contact any of Deborah Bailey, Sabrina Howell, Kevin Moore, Tonja Ray Smith, Katrina Kinder, Girault Jones, Isabella Kinder, or Jan Walton.

Other GCF programs continue to thrive. Grenada Afterglow Film Festival, headed by Katrina and Isabella Kinder, will hold its third festival on October 8, 2016. We continue our strong focus on early childhood development through our sponsorship of the Mississippi Children’s Collaborative, and the Grenada Community Foundation Early Learning Advantage Center in partnership with the Early Years Network. We also work hard on community development initiatives and supporting local non profits through various programs, including the Grenada Farmers Market , opening May 21, 2016 this year, and our Grenada Gives 365 program, in which neighbors help neighbors by donating $1 a day, or $365 a year, to the community via GCF, and then once a year voting on how the pooled funds are used by community organizations.  A portion remains with the Foundation in the Community Leadership Trust.

GCF is entirely run by volunteers.  We have big dreams, and need your help.  Join us, and bring your time, your talent, or your treasure — or all three. To learn more, call 917 853 3598 or email Deborah Bailey at DHMidanek@SolonGroup.com.

We are as big and strong as You, the Community make us. We are your foundation — the catalyst for positive change.

 

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