Ten at the Top has announced the finalists for the 2017 Hughes Investments Elevate Upstate Community Vibrancy Grants. The five finalists were chosen from a total of 22 applications submitted for the two grants available in 2017.
Hughes Investments, a Greenville-based real estate developer, contributes at least $10,000 a year to the program with two recipients receiving $5,000 each to support a new vibrancy initiative in the Upstate. The program began in 2013 in conjunction with a series of community vibrancy workshops hosted by Ten at the Top, according to a press release.
Hughes Investments has since then contributed a total of $57,000 to community vibrancy initiatives in 17 communities across the Upstate. This year’s finalists include:
- Art of the Horse in Landrum: In celebration of the 2018 World Equestrian Games being held in nearby Tryon, N.C., the city will be displaying a life-size painted fiberglass horse. The city is looking to use the Elevate Upstate Grant to allow for the piece of public art to become a permanent component of the city of Landrum.
- Farm to Fork Dinner, Abbeville County Farmers Market: The Abbeville County Farmers Market is looking to host a farm-to-fork dinner to highlight the vital role of local farming and farmers markets in creating local vibrancy in Abbeville.
- Food Truck Plaza, Main Street Laurens USA Inc.: As a part of a larger downtown master plan for the city of Laurens, the Food Truck Plaza would be a dedicated space in the city where food trucks would be located for residents and visitors to enjoy a variety of dining experiences. The plaza will include colored shade sails, brick pavers, and picnic benche,s as well as power and water for the food trucks.
- Art Wall at Monarch Park, city of Seneca and Blue Ridge Arts Council: As part of an Eagle Scout project for a local student, an art wall has been created in Monarch Park, located within walking distance of Main Street Seneca. The Elevate Upstate Grant would be used to commission three-dimensional butterfly art for the wall and park.
- Bee smART, Greenwood Arts Center: The city of Greenwood received the Bee City USA award in 2016 and would use the Elevate Upstate Grant to develop educational and interactive art programs designed around the Bee City designation.
Ten at the Top will announce the two grant winners during its Celebrating Successes Brunch on Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Greenville Marriott. Registration is required. For more information, visit tenatthetop.org.