I learnt that this event is owned more by the funders than the residents. It's the way it is.
What was painful about that experience was the realisation of just how much the funders require control of what happens.
Before the money had become involved, it did feel like the residents were being empowered to do stuff for their community, that they wanted to do and thought would be beneficial. Once the money became involved, the emphasis swung to the funders. This swing was gradual and gentle. The poster brought the swing into focus.
The outcome of the poster incident was the placing on the back burner the cake shop, bread shop project.