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Chat 'n' Chew tonight at 5:30 p.m. at Frederick Hotel in downtown

Sep. 05, 2013 @ 12:05 PM

It's hard to believe but Create Huntington is celebrating five years of Chat 'n Chew this fall.

 Countless community projects have been dreamed up at the Chat 'n Chew during the last five years and our city is a more vibrant place as a result. We can't wait to see what the next five years hold for Huntington!

Please join folks for the Create Huntington Chat 'n Chew this (and every) Thursday, 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Frederick Building, 940 Fourth Ave., Huntington.

If you've never been to a Chat 'n Chew now is a great time to make it your first. If you have an idea for a project to improve Huntington then please share it with us, or, if you just want to hear about what's going around town then come down and join us and get to know some of your neighbors.

Developed by Thomas and Stacy McChesney, the Chat ‘n’ Chews are weekly roundtable discussions that allow residents to brainstorm community projects.

Through the Chat 'n' Chews, local residents have been involved in a variety of projects including the creation of the West Virginia 5K, the opening of Gallery 842, the planning for a dog park planting 1,000 trees around the city.

Join us September 5th to talk about some of these projects and more: 30 Mile Meal activities, Huntington housing stock issues, a city-wide bicycle share program, increasing Huntington's craft beer selection, Trader Joe's/solving our grocery dilemma, Bethel Cemetary clean-up and networking opportunities

Also, mark you calendar for a special Chat 'n Chew on Sept. 12, when Ashton Marra of WV Public Broadcasting joins us to hear about the exciting projects that are happening around town.

Create Huntington is offering matching micro-grants of up to $500 for community projects, and up to $250 in matching scholarships towards training or attend conferences that will enable you to better serve the community. Info at www.createhuntington.com.
  Started in January 2010, the mini-grant program provides support to new and existing community projects that work to improve the Huntington area, including offering the opportunity to apply for a matching mini-grant of up to $500.

The program also provides a dollar-for-dollar match  —  up to $250  —  to send residents to training programs, seminars or conferences that will enable them to become more engaged in addressing the community's needs.

 In fact, at the Monday evening meeting, the Create Huntington Board of Connectors gave a $500 matching grant to the all-ages neighborhood music venue, Funky Towne, to help repair their speakers, and also approved two $250 grants for two Huntington residents to attend this fall’s Brushy Fork Institute at Berea, Ky.

Just a few of the projects that have received mini-grant funding have included: Cinema Under the Stars, helping residents take back a corner of McClelland Park that had been used as a place to deal drugs; Jewel City Rollergirls, helping an Eagle Scout project that cleaned up an abandoned lot and converted it into a safe play area for children; sending a community gardens volunteer to a conference; giving funds to purchase and distribute Litter Getter sticks; and funding a Trees for Tomorrow team, a ukulele class.

Grant requests must be from a citizen or citizen group. For-profit and nonprofit organizations will not be awarded mini-grants.

An online application and details are available at www.createhuntington.com/matchinggrants.