Pick Up the Pace! Grants

The Pick Up the Pace! (PUP) Grant Program is a competitive, small-grants program designed to engage people and organizations in the transformation of Martinsville and Henry County through expanded conversation and action around neighborhood and community issues. 

Our goal is to spark new ideas, collaborations and positive change that will help us all to "pick up the pace" towards creating a community of choice.  

Organizations interested in applying should first read our objectives and criteria, as well as our application process and restrictions.  If your organization and request falls within these guidelines, click here to begin the application process.

Click here to begin the PUP! Application Process.

Pick Up the Pace! During COVID-19

2022 may be a new year but we enter it still facing the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic. We learned during 2020 that a crisis can create opportunity and that our community is resilient!  As we continue to navigate these unprecedented times we must continue to ask ourselves challenging questions. How can we move from pandemic to opportunity?  How can we use innovation for life after the coronavirus?  While we cannot fully know what lies ahead, we are getting glimpses of what a changed community could look like.  As the old ways of doing things started to break down, what new ways did you begin to see breakthroughs?  What ideas do you have? 

Our Pick Up the Pace grants will focus on lessons learned and innovation to help the MHC community pick up the pace after COVID-19.   What has this pandemic taught us – what have we learned?  How can you seize the opportunity to drive useful change with a Pick Up the Pace grant?

Let’s come together – let’s learn things – let’s be innovative – let’s be better prepared – let’s create a better way and a better MHC – Let’s Pick Up the Pace.

PUP Objectives

  • Create small grant initiatives/community campaigns that engage the passion of individuals, nonprofits, and local governments
  • Demonstrate the possible through transformative actions by dedicated leaders partnering with organizations to make a difference in neighborhoods and communities in Martinsville and Henry County
  • Provide grant funding up to $15,000 to create change (a match of at least 25% of the project costs must be provided by the applicant)
  • Produce results that will positively impact the residents of Martinsville and Henry County, going beyond the constituents of the applicant organization
  • Document results and complete individual projects within 6 months or less
  • Report and publicize to the public how funds were used and what the project accomplished.

PUP Grant Application Criteria

  • Grant recipients must be a recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 charitable organization, or a local governmental entity. The recipient can be a “fiscal sponsor” for others if the purpose is charitable
  • A passionate project leader is crucial for this request. The project must clearly define how and why the effort will have community benefits and what those benefits will be
  • Benefits must be concrete and tangible to people in Martinsville/Henry County
  • Must relate back to an issue, barrier or new way of business that can be linked to COVID-19
  • The impact of the project must go beyond the applicant organization
  • The project must relate to at least one of The Harvest Foundation (HF) focus areas: Health, Education, Community Vitality
  • Funds are to be used for charitable purposes and must benefit communities or neighborhoods, rather than just the applicant’s constituents
  • Funds provided by HF will need to be used in 6 months or less. The recipient must report the use of funding and the results of the effort to HF

PUP Application Process

The grant application process for PUP is simple and quick.

The online application can be accessed through The Harvest Foundation website.  Applicant Organizations are asked to provide information explaining the idea/project with amount requested and any matching cash and/or in-kind contributions; the project description should include community benefits, anticipated results, timeline for implementation (within 6 months or less), strategic partners, and long-term impact on the community.  

  • Projects must relate to one or more of The Harvest Foundation’s focus areas of Health, Education and Community Vitality
  • Successful grants will receive up to $15,000 and require at least a 25% match
  • Project/grant decisions will be made in three weeks or less by the Program Team

Click here to apply.

PUP! Grant Restrictions

The PUP Grant Program DOES NOT fund:

  • General core programs or operations because of budget shortfalls and budget cuts
  • Grants to individuals, faith-based institutions for religious purposes, or for dinners, fundraisers, or sponsorships
  • Grants to for-profit entities or efforts
  • Grants that supplant or substitute for existing funding
  • Broad, unfocused requests
  • Requests that cannot be completed in 6 months or less or require more than $15,000 from The Harvest Foundation.


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