2023 grant awards
Read about the ten proposals selected for grant awards. Open 2023 placemaking grantees page
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What is Community Placemaking?
Community Placemaking can take many forms, but it shares a few main elements. The idea comes from the community the effort is intended to serve. Those community members, especially people of color or other historically marginalized communities, play a role in making it happen. Arts or cultural activities bring people together to strengthen their connection to each other and the places they care about.
Placemaking: People’s connections to each other and to places they care about are strengthened.
Equity: People of color and members of historically marginalized communities have power and resources to influence their neighborhoods and communities.
Partnerships: People’s efforts are maximized because they work in partnership with each other and with Metro.
Leadership: People participate in projects and decisions that affect them.
Up to $200,000 will be awarded for the 2023 grant cycle, in grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. No matching funds are required. The online application was open August 5 through October 7. Metro received 92 applications requesting more than $1.9 million. Ten to thirteen proposals will be selected and grant awards will be announced in early January.
Community Placemaking efforts are creative at their core and can take many forms. Get started thinking by looking at recipients of the 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 cycles to see the range of efforts this program has supported.