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.

Downtown Challenge 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.

Previous Grant Recipients

Awarded in May 2017

  • NewTown Macon for Christmas LIght Extravaganza $175,000
  • NewTown Macon for Ocmulgee Heritage Trail Makeover $65,000
  • Georgia Bikes / Bike Walk Macon for Pilot Bike Lanes $25,000
  • Macon Pops, Inc. for Christmas Light Show Extravaganza Live Performance $25,000
  • Bike Walk Macon for Columbus Street Connection $24,020
  • Real IMPACT Center, Inc. for Macon STEM POP-Up $20,500
  • Macon Arts Alliance for Mill Hill Community Arts Center Kick-Start Residency $20,000
  • Historic Macon Foundation for Reimagine College Street $15,000
  • Macon-Bibb County Transit Authority for Bus Stop Safety Lighting $14,200
  • Ampersand Guild for [&] Sunday Lounge $11,000
  • Historic Macon Foundation for Macon’s LGBTQ History Exhibit $9,025
  • NewTown Macon for Activate the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail $8,500
  • Ocmulgee National Monument Association for ONMA-Bragg Jam Collaboration Comtemporary Native Musicians $7,000
  • Ocmulgee National Monument Assocation for Signage and Murals at Ocmulgee National Monument $5,000
  • David Moore for #DTMac Photo Walk $2,700
  • Redd Arts Company for Dance Macon $1,000
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