Downtown Challenge

Deadline: No Longer Accepting Applications.

Reporting Requirements

All Downtown Challenge Grant Recipients must complete a final project report including a financial report. Final reports are due within sixty days after depletion of the grant funds or no later than one year from the deadline date of the cycle in which you applied for your grant, whichever is earliest. For example, if you received a grant in the March 15, 2016 cycle, your final report is due no later than March 15, 2017.

Final Report

How to talk about your grant

Here are a few important notes on how to talk about your Downtown Challenge Grant.

Terminology:  In all materials, describe your funding as a Downtown Challenge Grant from the Community Foundation of Central Georgia.

News Releases:  Promote your project with a news release to the local media. If you’re inviting the media out to cover your project or event, please invite us too by sending the information to We would also like to share your news releases with our contacts, please include as a release contact.

Social Media:  Spread the word about your project through social media channels such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. You can find the Community Foundation on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, under the name CFCGA, and on Instagram under “cfcentralga”. We encourage you to tag us in your posts.

Logo:  You are welcome and encouraged to use the Downtown Challenge logo on any collateral materials about your project, including websites, email blasts, brochures, and posters. You can download our logo by clicking here. A copy of any materials created should be submitted with your final report.

How these grants are made possible

Thanks to generous grants from the Peyton Anderson Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, $3 million has been invested in to the Downtown Challenge Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. This three-year program funded the best ideas to transform Downtown Macon into a place that can grow with grace, build upon its good bones, dance to its local rhythm, care for its heart, and coordinate and focus for maximum impact.

Fall 2018 Grant Recipients

The winners of the Downtown Challenge final round were announced at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. A total of $452,253 in grants were announced, ending the $3 million grant initiative made possible by the Peyton Anderson Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Awarded in November 2018

Mercer University | Patent and Business Formation Support | $40,000
Macon Black Pages & Newtown Macon | Diversifying Downtown Businesses | $50,000
Macon-Bibb County Development Authority |MAP Refresh and Housing Study | $40,000
Middle Georgia State University & Macon-Bibb County Government | Public Wi-Fi at Poplar Street Park | $39,848
NewTown Macon | Master Signage Plan for Downtown Macon | $31,130
Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority | Lean Urbanism “Pink-Zone” Pilot for the Urban Core | $30,000
Downtown Macon Community Association | Downtown Music Park Space | $25,000
Ocmulgee National Monument Association | Native American Statue Downtown | $25,000
Macon Arts Alliance | Macon Flowers Project | $25,000
Macon Arts Alliance | Art Stop/Bus Shelter | $20,000
NewTown Macon | A Merry and Bright Experience | $18,000
Visit Macon | Macon Memories Photo Spots and Instagram Moments | $15,000
Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority | Ocmulgee Trail Entrance Gate Part Two | $15,000.
Macon Arts Alliance | Mill Hill Arts Pavilion | $15,000
NewTown Macon | Downtown Stock Photo Library | $12,500
Jazz Association of Macon | Young Musicians Workshop | $8,370
Bike Walk Macon | 24/7 Bicycle Parts Vending Machine | $8,280
Ocmulgee National Monument Association | Outdoor Classroom at Ocmulgee National Monument | $7,500
Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority | DTC Celebration | $5,000
Gloria Stanley | Let’s Do It Again- Make Music Day Macon 2019 | $2,000
567 Center for Renewal | Alley Canvases | $1,800
NewTown Macon | Mulberry Market Extension | $1,800
William FinkelsteinDowntown Alley Hopscotch Course | $1,000

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