Year one of Nice Grants
is on the books...

...and these books are some serious page turners!

2013 was a great year for the SmallBox team. We accomplished a lot of great things, but perhaps none were as awesome as our inaugural run at Nice Grants. We got nearly 200 submissions, and they were pretty spectacular! That sounds like hyperbole, but it isn't. In all honesty, we were greatly impressed by the ingenuity, creativity and, frankly, humanity, of the submissions... and so was Angie's List, who came to the table with additional funds to make the decision-making process a bit easier.

In the end, we selected ten amazing projects based on their impact, creativity and passion. You can see all of the winners from 2013 below, and learn about their projects and passions.

Activity Winners Partners
January 10, 2014

Nice Grant winner John Anderson had a mission near and dear to my heart. He wanted to build a robot. Robots are great!

December 18, 2013

Between end-of-year contributions and adopt-a-families, I have a few plans for “nicing” this holiday season, but I wanted to do something a little different for this post.

October 23, 2013

SmallBox is big on bikes. If we could make the internet work on pedal power alone we would be more than happy to keep the entire thing afloat ourselves. When we saw that Nancy Stimson at Freewheelin' Community Bikes had applied for a Nice Grant we learned a little more about her organization and, sure enough, we were impressed.

October 11, 2013

"The committee" that determined the 2012 winners was immediately drawn to Jon's plan to do a series of infographics that help people visualize different issues affecting Central Indiana. Maybe it is because we are suckers for data. Maybe it is because we love design.

September 25, 2013

Have you ever daydreamed about quitting your day job for a side passion?

August 27, 2013

There was a time when "free" was the name of the game. During my college years, there were whole websites out there dedicated to aggregating the best free deals on everything from promotional t-shirts to pizza, and people would practically fall over themselves to snatch these deals up.

July 29, 2013

Learn all about Nice Grants winner Barbara Zech and her exciting plan to create an "Earth Art Labyrinth" at the Indianapolis Art Center, including an upcoming workshop where you can help build the labyrinth!

April 02, 2013

I had the opportunity to stop by the People for Urban Progress (PUP) workspace in the Murphy Building to talk with Amy Crook about their project - creating a bus stop (affectionately called PUP Stops) out of salvaged stadium seating.

February 12, 2013
Our first Nice Grants program has been a huge success. We received 188 applications and narrowed it down to 10 winners. We are all still a little tired but man has it been nice.
February 01, 2013

I have been lucky - I have been heavily involved in the Nice Grants program, as well as the Daily Nicing initiatives we have been taking to help spread the love around the community, but it is almost over. We want to go out with a bang, and we want to get as many people involved as possible…so check this.

January 29, 2013
Tonight we are getting a little crazy and taking the nice to the streets. We are moving from the realm of ones and zeroes to meatspace. The real world kids.
January 29, 2013
We’re so sneaky! We had ulterior motives, fantastic ulterior motives!
January 07, 2013

personally can attest to how much difference a little money can make in a person's life. I have worked low-paying jobs in the past, I have been unemployed, and just like anyone else, I have incurred unexpected expenses. (Unlike anybody else, my car got hit by a train.)