2022 application info
The application for the next grant cycle will be available here August 6 to October 1 at noon. Up to $193,000 will be awarded, and awards will be announced in January 2022.
These 12 efforts support people experiencing homelessness, presently and formerly incarcerated people, Indigenous, Black and Latinx communities and BIPOC youth.
Meet the 2021 grantees
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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.
2022 grant cycle
Up to $193,000 will be awarded for the 2022 grant cycle, in grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. No matching funds are required. The online application will be available here beginning August 6 and is due October 1 at noon. One-on-one assistance is available and encouraged. Contact information appears at the bottom of this page. You can also attend an upcoming information session where the grant manager will walk through the application handbook and answer your questions. These sessions will be recorded and posted here, if you are unable to attend.
Wednesday, August 11, 12-1 p.m. - Zoom link
Meeting ID: 843 0510 7037 | Passcode: 046487 | 888 475 4499 US Toll-free
Wednesday, August 11, 6-7 p.m. - Zoom link
Meeting ID: 857 3767 5261 | Passcode: 234892 | 888 475 4499 US Toll-free
Tuesday, August 17, 6-7 p.m. - Zoom link
Meeting ID: 869 4235 4291 | Passcode: 583211 | 888 475 4499 US Toll-free
Thursday, August 19, 12-1 p.m. - Zoom link
Meeting ID: 891 2817 3563 | Passcode: 492021 | 888 475 4499 US Toll-free
Thursday, September 9, 12-1 p.m. - Zoom link
Meeting ID: 826 6051 1354 | Passcode: 021037 | 877 853 5257 US Toll-free
Thursday, September 9, 6-7 p.m. - Zoom link
Meeting ID: 850 3838 0807 | Passcode: 402581 | 888 475 4499 US Toll-free
Who is eligible to apply?
Community Placemaking grants support community-driven initiatives, and partnerships are key to a competitive proposal. Given that, anyone meeting the following conditions can apply.
Note: All grant-funded activities must take place wtihin Metro's urban growth boundary.
- Community-based organizations with nonprofit status.
- Community groups or individuals without nonprofit status must partner with a fiscal sponsor, such as a state certified, federally approved 501(c) nonprofit or a public agency. Learn more about a fiscal sponsor’s role in the application handbook beginning on page 7.
- Public agencies must have community partners involved in the implementation of the project and a plan to involve the broader public.
- If you are a past recipient of a Community Placemaking grant and your grant was exclusively an event (spanning a single or multiple days), you may not reapply the year following your award.
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 and 2021 cycles to see the range of efforts this program has supported.