Riverfront North announces first round of BIG grants for Bridesburg.

A race to remember: Bridesburg 5K organizers Ryan Osbourn (left) and Chris Whittle are part of the group that was awarded BIG grants from Riverfront North Partnership. PHOTO COURTESY OF RIVERFRONT NORTH.

Riverfront North Partnership announced Monday the first round of the Bridesburg Impact Grants.

March recipients are the Bridesburg 5K, Trish Houck and United Veterans of Bridesburg Parade Organization.

According to Riverfront North, the 5K was “created to support the Bridesburg Memorial Day Parade ten years ago, this annual event brings Bridesburg residents together around health and fitness. Although this year’s race has been postponed due to restrictions around social distancing, it will happen in the coming months.”

Houck “will partner with local groups to create a public mural with plastic lids that cannot be recycled.”

Residents are encouraged to save lids, and more details on the project will be released this summer.

The grant for the parade organization, which puts on “one of the most beloved traditions in Bridesburg,” will be used to purchase American flags to line the parade route.

“The selection process is based on the criteria of significance, creativity, action plan and a likelihood of success,” said Gina Craigo, community engagement manager at Riverfront North.   “We know there is a wealth of creativity and dedication to community here in Bridesburg and while we’re finishing up the funding for the new Riverfront Park, we hope to encourage residents to bring their ideas to life.  And once the park is built, we’ll be able to incorporate some of those ideas into programs there.”

Riverfront North launched the initiative in January, and started accepting applications on March 1. It will continue to accept applications until Aug. 1.

The program will award $500 grants to fund creative and impactful projects in Bridesburg, with up to 30 grants being distributed.

Categories for potential projects should fall under outdoor- or nature-based, intergenerational or community-building activities, and must be implemented within three months of the grant being awarded.

Ideas addressing issues related to the COVID-19 crisis are welcome.

Projects must take place in the 19137 ZIP code.

The BIG program is made possible by Riverfront North Partnership and the Bridesburg Community Advisory Committee, with funding from the William Penn Foundation in conjunction with the development of the 10-acre riverfront park in Bridesburg at Orthodox Street and Delaware Avenue.

For more details on the BIG program and how to apply, visit riverfrontnorth.org/thinkbig or call 215-425-8350.