NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (Williams.edu) – The City of North Adams will soon be receiving a $25,000 matching grant funding provided by the Commonwealth Places Program created by MassDevelopment.
The grant, submitted through the NAMAzing Eagle Street Initiative (NESI) and The North Adams Partnership, is a matching grant that will support the build out of improvements to Historic Eagle Street in the City’s Downtown. New signage, outdoor seating, public art, and the addition of a seasonal parklet are just some of the exciting new additions that this grant will help support.
To receive the grant, NESI worked with Patronicity, a community project based crowdfunding portal, to raise the necessary $25,000. The group used creative approaches such as a hot dog eating competition, a 48 hour dollar-for-dollar match, and local business support to surpass their initial goal by over $10,000, resulting in a fundraised total of $35,871 from 225 individual donors. With the matching grant from MassDevelopment, NESI will be able to execute a project budget of $60,871.
On May 18th at 7:30pm in the space at 66 Main Street, North Adams, the group will be celebrating their successful campaign and sharing information about the next steps to begin executing the various parts of the project.
All elements of the project will be in place and active by Summer 2018, and the reactivation of one of North Adams’ most historic social and economic corridors will be fully underway.