In March 2023, more then 17,00 residents participated in 300 community conversations across the region. Upon the conclusion of the conversations, participants were asked to complete a survey to help provide a deeper understanding of the conversations and what participants believe will improve our community. In collaboration with Middle Georgia State University, we released a report detailing key findings from the survey. To view the full report, click the button below. 


In addition, 25 projects received a total of $24,500 in Conversation to Action mini-grants that provide seed funding the support ideas developed during On The Table conversations.

 Conversation to Action Mini-Grant Recipients

478 Creatives | $1,000

To host a “How to Find Your Why” workshop for creatives to encourage the development of unique voices and perspectives to help create better connections in the community.

Bibb County Board of Education (Howard High School) | $500

To help start a volunteer service for cleaning downtown Macon.

Central Georgia Coalition of Black Businesses | $1,000

For a survey to collect data about Black-owned businesses.

Central Georgia Technical College | $1,000

To enhance extended learning programs to help foreign students better assimilate into adult education activities.

Central Georgia Technical College | $1,000

To form a youth ambassador group, including re-entry youth, Central Georgia Technical College and college youth, and high school youth to be spokespeople for literacy.

Daneel Moore | $1,000

To create multi-generational book clubs to allow families to actively participate in discussion together.

ERIC Foundation | $1,000

For Back to School Jam Day in the Park to provide positive activities, motivation, and school supplies for students returning to school.

Girls Dig Deeper Initiative | $1,000

For Macon Mentors Collective, which provides training and coaching to individuals and organizations wanting to develop successful mentoring relationships.

Highland Hills Baptist Church | $1,000

For Back to School Bash, which provides low-income children in the North Highland/Shirley Hills neighborhoods with school supplies for the 2023-24 school year.

Little Richard House Community Resource Center | $1,000

For a Youth Talent Showcase aiming to increase kids’ confidence and help them further develop their talent.

Living Bread Restoration Outreach | $1,000

To host open and honest conversations about the state of Black families and offer resources, tools and strategies to improve the outcomes of our homes and communities through The Heart of the Matter: Building Strong Black Families program.

Macon-Bibb County Transit Authority | $1,000

For Passes for People, which will provide four local agencies with $250 each in MTA bus passes to help the people they serve.

Macon Bibb County Transit Authority | $1,000

For Books on a Bus, a partnership between MTA and Washington Memorial Library to host library and story events at Terminal Station and buy children’s books for children visiting Terminal Station (bus rider or not).

Macon-Middle Georgia Black Pages | $1,000

For a leadership development academy for young black entrepreneurs.

Milledgeville Community Improvement/Research on Violence Oversight Committee | $1,000

To create a community garden at a local housing complex.

Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber Foundation | $1,000

To develop a career training program for students in the Career, Technical, Agriculture Education programs in the local high school with the goal of creating a stronger workforce.

Mother’s Nest | $1,000

To offer a community fair to provide young mothers with needed baby essentials such as car seats, diapers, strollers, cribs, play pens, etc.

Reach to Impact Group | $1,000

For Cupcakes & Condoms, a series of three open community conversations on how to promote positive sexual behaviors.

River Edge Foundation | $1,000

For increased education around mental health for children and youth through the Macon Myself Matter program.

Spark Macon | $1,000

For Serenity for Startups, a comprehensive retreat designed to help entrepreneurs prioritize their mental health and well-being.

The Mentors Project of Bibb County | $1,000

For the Parent Academy.

U Create Macon | $1,000

For five  kiosks/information stations in neighborhoods in Macon and Warner Robins that provide youth-friendly cycling information and bike lights.

United Way of Central Georgia | $1,000

To bring The Basics movement, a strategy for whole communities to support vibrant learning and brain development among infants and toddlers, to Central Georgia.

WEALTH ASAP | $1,000

To start a virtual address business to help small businesses receive their Disadvantage Business Entities certification by enabling them to have a business address that is not their home address.

YouthUp | $1,000

To provide an 8-session (four week) Anger Management/Conflict Resolution curriculum to 110 students at four recreation centers over the summer.

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