“I think (Neighborhood Incubator) is one of the most exciting things in Macon!”
— Linden Bridges, President, North Highlands Neighborhood Association

Since 2007, Historic Macon has worked closely with Beall’s Hill neighbors as we continue our revitalization efforts. During that time, we’ve noticed how active and engaged Beall’s Hill residents influence their neighborhood, whether through monthly meetings, sending updates via social media, or even Trick or Treating. Furthermore, the success of the College Hill Corridor points to how a community-driven initiative can significantly impact a neighborhood and its residents. It is with these neighborhood successes that we identified the potential for creating an environment to foster stronger neighborhoods. Thus, the Neighborhood Incubator was created.

With $50,000 from Knight Foundation, Historic Macon launched and created Neighborhood Incubator, an initiative that promotes broad-based resident engagement through individual neighborhoods. By providing infrastructure and programming, this project enhances existing neighborhood associations as well as supports new neighborhoods. Programming includes neighborhood grants to help neighborhoods execute and reach their goals. We also created the Neighborhood Council – Macon’s first and only forum bringing neighborhoods together with a unified voice. Historic Macon staff traveled and met with different neighborhood programs and leaders across the country to execute further research into the best approaches for strengthening Macon’s neighborhoods.

Anyone interested in participating in any aspect of Neighborhood Incubator are encouraged to contact Historic Macon. Please know that all neighbors and neighborhoods (even if your neighborhood doesn’t have an established association) are encouraged to participate – all that’s required is commitment to make a difference in your neighborhood.  

January public meeting summary

Thank you for coming to the public meeting in January. Your insights and discussion was extremely valuable to faculty from J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development as they created a leadership training structure.

Top 3 Topics -Community Engagement, Better Communication, Creating/Making Stronger Neighborhood Associations

"Vision or a plan that I can relate to and help with -belief in a goal"

"Having a good relationship with government offices to improve conditions of safety, home values, having a voice with government that is listened to."

"Creating a viable communications platform to more accurately reach as many people as possible!"

Click the button below to download a full summary of discussion from the public meeting as well as a suggested leadership training content.

Neighborhood Small Grants

Historic Macon Foundation is excited to announce the inaugural recipients of the Neighborhood Small Grant Program (NSGP) that will execute neighbor-led projects across Macon. These selected projects will connect neighborhood residents, engage skills and knowledge of neighbors, and build neighborhood capacity while executing neighborhood improvement projects. Part of Historic Macon’s Neighborhood Incubator programming, the (NSGP) is made possible with generous support from Knight Foundation. NSGP is designed to strengthen Macon-Bibb County neighborhoods to support a wide range of community-based initiatives. 



apply for the neighborhood incubator leadership institute!

Want to learn the skills that will make you a stronger neighborhood leader? 

Want to improve communications with your neighbors? 

Want to apply for neighborhood grant opportunities?

We invite individuals who are interested in developing the skills and knowledge to make a difference in their neighborhood to apply for the Neighborhood Leadership Training Program. YOUR input from the public meeting helped design this program. This program will focus on topics including community engagement, effective leadership, working with local resources, and building effective neighborhood associations. Participating neighborhoods will be eligible for small grant opportunities.

Second Leadership Institute coming soon.

Sign up below to be notified when we release more information. 

Apply online or download an application and send it to Lauren Mauldin at lmauldin@historicmacon.org.