Community-Based Small Projects
Round 1 Funding Awardees
Acres Homes Project Awardees
Christ Guide Ministries will host a service project to clean up sidewalks along Tidwell Road. The purpose of this project is to encourage community members to safely walk, jog, bike, and skate on debris-free sidewalks.
Drew Academy MS will transform an unused outdoor area on campus and fill it with picnic tables to be utilized as an outdoor classroom and lunch space for students.
Hoffman MS will create a reading garden around their Little Free Library area. Opened year-round the garden space will encourage families to spend time learning outdoors, reading, and spending time in nature.
Houston Academy MS will create two large outdoor murals reflecting the diversity of the community, including African American and LatinX residents. Educational programming will be created to tie into the murals.
St. Monica Catholic Church will create a prayer garden that will be open to the public during daylight hours. Community members may use the space for such activities as family gatherings, meditation, prayer, and reflection.
Third Ward Project Awardees
Boy Scout Troop 212 will utilize funds to complete 3 eagle scout projects. These projects include the creation of a community garden plot, development of a small food pantry that the garden will support, and the revitalization of the troop’s cargo trailer.
Jack Yates High School Alumni Association will provide audiovisual equipment to support student efforts to create a “Black Lives Matter” walking tour project. This tour will be easily accessible to the public via free apps and will focus on Third Ward art projects highlighting the social justice movement.
Lockhart ES will use funds to support multiple outdoor-oriented school initiatives. Funded supplies include STEM and TEKS correlated outdoor model race car building supplies, outdoor equipment for physical education classes, and art supplies for a new “Painting with Nature” program.
The Parks & Neighborhood Character Work Group will erect a professional sign for the community-run Third Ward Chess Park with the park logo and rules. In addition, they will build two additional cedar planter boxes for the park.
Urban Harvest will create and distribute 100 Grow Kits to Third Ward families. These kits include grow bags, potting soil, MicroLife fertilizer, plants, and seeds to assist children and families in improving self-reliance, nutrition, and food security.