The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has awarded a $100,000 one-year grant to Leadership Greater Hartford (LGH) to support Hartford Decide$, a program designed to engage city residents in spending decisions on key community improvement projects.

Drawing on a participatory decision-making model used in other parts of the country, Hartford citizens are proposing project ideas to better their neighborhoods and then will vote on their favorite projects to receive $1.25 million in capital improvement funds. According to Andre Santiago, LGH program director and co-chair of Hartford Decide$, this process promises to “give city residents real power over real money.”

Five local organizations have united to form and launch Hartford Decide$: Hartford 2000, City of Hartford, Hartford Public Library, Leadership Greater Hartford and The MetroHartford Alliance.

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for Hartford and 28 surrounding communities. In 2015, the foundation celebrated 90 years of grant making in the Greater Hartford region, made possible by the gifts of generous individuals, families and organizations. It has awarded grants of more than $600 million since its founding in 1925.