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Get a Grant for Your Idea to Fuel the Fourth Bluff

Got a fresh idea for activating the Fourth Bluff? A new community grant program can help you bring it to life.

The Fourth Bluff collaborative is inviting Memphians to apply for a share of $100,000 in grants for program ideas that bring people together Downtown, specifically in the area along the riverfront referred to as the Civic Commons. The program is open to anyone and artists, innovators, residents, educators, community leaders, activists, organizations, and businesses are all encouraged to apply.

The proposed idea must meet the following criteria:

  1. The program must take place in the Civic Commons footprint (a roughly six-block area that stretches from Main Street to Mud Island [including the Memphis Harbor] and from Jefferson to Monroe with programs that take place on the River Line also eligible).
  2. It must advance one of four goals:
    • civic engagement
    • value creation
    • socioeconomic mixing
    • environmental sustainability

“Memphis is full of creative, spirited visionaries with great ideas to unlock the potential of our shared Fourth Bluff. We’re looking for anyone with a good idea and a willingness to execute programs that can bring Memphians together through dynamic, new events and ideas,” said Shamichael Hallman, Cossitt Library manager who is leading the “Fuel the Fourth Bluff” grant process. “Whether a nature walk or citizen science experiment in River Garden, a shared paddleboard experience on the harbor, a musical performance on the steps of Cossitt Library, a community bike ride along the River Line, or a series of Saturday night film screenings at Memphis Park, no idea is too big (or too small) to explore.”

Grants will be distributed at four levels: $1,000, $5,000, $10,000 and $20,000 for programs that will advance the four connected goals of Reimagining Civic Commons – a national initiative dedicated to reinvigorating our shared civic assets.

Applicants are encouraged to apply via by March 18, 2019.

For questions, email Shamichael Hallman at or attend one of the upcoming public info sessions:

  • Thursday, March 7 at South Main Artspace Lofts (138 Paul Avenue) at 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 12 at 409 South Main at 6 p.m.

To learn more about the Fourth Bluff and Reimagining the Civic Commons, visit and

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