ORANGE, NJ - In a collaborative effort to engage the community of Orange, HANDS, The HUUB, and ValleyArts are now accepting applications for innovative ideas to address issues in two neighborhoods: the Heart of Orange and the Valley, through the Neighborhood Project Grants. This micro grant initiative will allow residents to have a direct impact in the communities where they live and work. 

Through the Neighborhood Project Grants, a team of residents can be awarded between $250 to $1,000 to implement a project that addresses an issue in the community and falls under any the following categories: Youth Activities & Leadership, Economic Development, Neighborhood Beautification, Cultural Events, and Health and Safety. In addition, residents can receive application assistance and partner with teachers and civil servants who want to get involved. The goal is to empower residents to lead the change they want to see in their communities. 

The application is available in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole. Submit your idea by June 14th for a chance to make a difference in our community – one idea at a time!! For more information and project requirements, please visit: www.handsinc.org/micro-grants/. 

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About Hands 

HANDS’ mission is to empower residents to create neighborhoods of choice-places where people can and do choose to raise their families and run their businesses. By targeting the most pivotal properties for development, engaging citizens and other stakeholders, and leveraging investments of time and funds, HANDS has stabilized neighborhoods and created long term, sustainable change. 

About The HUUB 

The mission of the HUUB is to create a public space that brings people together to advance the UU values of strengthening democracy, building community, and respecting the worth and dignity of every person. 

About ValleyArts 

ValleyArts’ mission is “Community Through Creativity,” with the priority of building community and economic opportunity for the people living and working in the Valley Arts District through creative means.