- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) - A community center is looking to spur improvement projects in an eastern Indiana city with monthly $500 grants.

The money raised from donations by the Grassroots Action Resource Center in Richmond will be aimed at what organizers hope will be creative ideas from organizations, groups of friends or individuals, Wayne Township Trustee Susan Isaacs told the Palladium-Item (http://pinews.co/16IPBAl ).

Isaacs hopes people will be creative with their ideas, with possible projects such as public art of a new place to relax in the 37,000-person city near the Indiana-Ohio state line.

“We don’t put any boundaries on it,” she said. “It’s the small things in a community that really make it loveable.”

Inspiration for the $500 Project Initiative came from a visit to Richmond this fall by “For the Love of Cities” author Peter Kageyama who described the potential impact such small projects.

Isaacs said she was so inspired by a breakfast event with Kageyama that she put out a jar for donations and raised more than $500 at the breakfast.

The Grassroots Action Resource Center will also provide help with advice, recruiting volunteers or other logistics. Isaacs said a goal is to encourage involvement from people who haven’t taken part in community projects before.

“Lack of experience is going to be a plus,” she said.

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Information from: Palladium-Item, http://www.pal-item.com

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