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Metro’s new placemaking grants support creative projects that strengthen social fabric and foster connection to place.
What is placemaking?
Placemaking is creative and community-driven. It defies easy definition, but successful placemaking projects share a few key characteristics.
Placemaking brings people together to shape their surroundings, helping communities create the change they want to see in their neighborhood. It builds on local and cultural assets and fosters connection to place and to each other.
Placemaking enlivens space with art and activity. It sparks dialog and raises awareness.
Placemaking inspires people to think differently about a space. It tests new ways to use public space that could become permanent, or it can be a temporary, but a meaningful, moment that points toward a shared vision for a community.
Placemaking: Prompt people to think differently about a place, foster a personal connection to place and strengthen social fabric.
Equity: Promote equitable access to, participation in and benefits from placemaking activities.
Partnerships: Promote projects that rely cross sector collaboration (public, private, community).
Leadership: Build community capacity to civic engagement.
This list is only a start to get you thinking. Examples of project types eligible for funding include, but are not limited to, the following.
Repurposing public spaces: Examples include turning underused public right-of-way into active plazas or a parking space into a parklet.
Enlivening spaces with art and activity: Examples include bringing art programming into vacant storefronts or holding a cultural festival in a public space.
Activating streets: Examples include intersection or crosswalk murals or seating in a curbside space.
Sparking dialog and raising awareness: Examples include murals depicting pressing community issues, such as displacement, or celebrating the cultural assets of a neighborhood.
Temporary-to-permanent placemaking: Examples include changing the function or form of a public space to allow community members to be designers or testing the space to allow time to work out design considerations.
Urban interventions: Examples include temporary zoning and/or transportation grace periods from existing regulations to explore permanent regulatory changes.
Community visioning through placemaking: Examples include using art to invite people to envision how they would use a public space or the changes they want to see in their neighborhoods.
The Community Placemaking program will call for grant applications twice a year, in spring and fall. Applications for the pilot round were open April 1 to May 26, 2017. Up to $100,000 is available this round, in grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. Grant awards will be announced in late July/early August. The timeline for the next grant cycle is pending.
Who is eligible to apply?
Anyone can apply, while meeting the following conditions:
- Community-based organizations must have support from the property owner (jurisdictional or private owner).
- Public agencies must have a plan to involve, and documented support from, community groups.
- Public, private, community groups and individuals may co-partner with clear roles and responsibilities for each.
- Applicants must have a federal employer tax ID number. Unincorporated organizations may use a fiscal sponsor (a state certified, federally approved 501(c) non-profit) or partner with a municipal entity.