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Group awarding $100,000 grants to improve Cincinnati community

Posted at 4:30 AM, Jan 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-26 09:51:04-05

CINCINNATI -- If you think you have a big idea that can improve the Cincinnati community, you have just a few hours left to hit "send."

People's Liberty in Over-the-Rhine will start deciding Friday who will get two $100,000 grants. The Haile Fellowship grants are awarded to people who will "research, plan, implement and present the results of a big idea that could change our community’s future."

"It's $100,000," Hannah Gregory, community manager for People's Liberty, said. "They quit their 9-5, they tackle a big issue that's happening or affecting Cincinnati."

One recent grant winner was a plan for a newspaper start-up giving transitional information to former prisoners. 

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"We give them resources, networking, the skills they need to kind of get that off the ground and running," Gregory said. 

People's Liberty also gives smaller grants throughout the year. A former auto parts store in Camp Washington will be a space for artistic grant winners to shine. 

James Heller-Jackson, a Camp Washington community organizer, said the first project will be "sort of a poetry store" called "Look."

People's Liberty has awarded nearly 100 grants since 2015 for everything from music to science, all aimed at making Cincinnati better. They view themselves as a philanthropic lab. 

The deadline for this round is 11 a.m. Friday.