Placemaking Program

city of charlotte

Placemaking Grant

The Placemaking Grant is a community-building initiative that will support quick-win, transformative projects throughout the city to create and enhance community vibrancy, safety and identity through:

  • Activation of leftover and/or underutilized spaces

  • Streetscape improvements

  • Art and beautification efforts

  • Creation of community gathering spaces

This grant, which has a total pool of $165,000 in 2020, builds upon the opportunities presented in the City’s Placemaking Hub, which provides toolkits to inspire and guide placemaking efforts. This year, we offered two types of grants: Placemaking Project Grants and Technical Assistance Grants. Please continue to visit this website for updates on our next round of grants. In the meantime, please click on the Placemaking Grant Guide on the right to learn more about the requirements and details of the Placemaking Grants.

Congratulations to Our 2020 Placemaking Grant Winners

List of winners.

  • Country Club Heights Intersection Mural (Country Club Heights)

  • Circle Together Mural and Pop Up Plaza (Garinger High School)

  • River of Life Wall Mural (Beatties Ford-Lincoln Heights)

  • Avenida De La Hispanidad Bus Stop Project (South Blvd-Starmount Area) 

  • Soundscape Queen City Plaza (Uptown)

  • Garden for Wildlife Natural Area (Hidden Valley)

  • The Green at Prosperity Village Programming (Prosperity Village)

  • Vision Charlotte East Mural, Sculpture Garden, and Artist Open Space (Sharon Amity and WT Harris)

  • Galilee Park (Central Avenue - Merry Oaks)

  • Edible Landscape Community Garden (Optimist Park) 

  • Villa Heights Placemaking Technical Assistance Grant (Villa Heights)

2020 Placemaking Grant Winners

The application cycle for the 2020 Placemaking Grant is currently closed. Please continue to visit this website of updates on the next round of available grants. Also, please join our Placemaking Program email list to receive notifications.

Charlotte Lamb

Associate Urban Designer and Planner


emailcharlotte.lamb@ci.charlotte.nc.us


Erin Chantry

Senior Urban Designer and Planner


emailErin.Chantry@ci.charlotte.nc.us


​Placemaking Grant

​The Placemaking Grant is a community-building initiative that will support quick-win, transformative projects throughout the city to create and enhance community vibrancy, safety and identity through:

  • Activation of leftover and/or underutilized spaces
  • Streetscape improvements
  • Art and beautification efforts
  • Creation of community gathering spaces

This grant, which has a total pool of $50,000, builds upon the opportunities presented in the City’s Placemaking Hub, which provides toolkits to inspire and guide placemaking efforts. The City received 78 Letters of Intent for the grant totaling over $608,000 in requested funds. The following projects have been awarded funding and are expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2019.

Placemaking in Plaza Midwood 2019

Applicant – Clifton Castlelloe
Neighborhood – Plaza Midwood
Project - alley enhancements, murals, signal cabinet wraps
Budget - $7,000

CLT 250 Park Selfie Stations

Applicant – Mark Hagerty
Neighborhood – City-wide
Project - Selfie Stations
Budget - $10,000

Charlotte Queen Crown Bike Rack

Applicant – Tim Bookout
Neighborhood – Collingwood
Project - Bike Rack
Budget - $1,640

The Madison Park-Way Centerpiece Project @ Wedgewood and Seneca

Applicant – Carly Baker
Neighborhood – Madison Park
Project - Painted Intersections/Crosswalks
Budget - $950

University City Pop-up Pocket Park

University City Pop-up Pocket Park

Applicant – Darlene Heater
Neighborhood – University City
Project – Pocket park
Budget – $4,000

The Bus Stops Here (West Blvd/Barringer Bus Stop)

Applicant – Niketa Mittal
Neighborhood – Westover Hills & Revolution Park
Project - Painted bus stop infrastructure
Budget - $2,555

Paint the Pavement in Oaklawn Park

Applicant – Tiffany Hughes
Neighborhood – Oaklawn
Project - Painted Traffic Circles
Budget - $2,500

WSCLT + AIA Community Gathering Space (Enderly Park)

Applicant – Charis Blackmon
Neighborhood – Enderly Park
Project - Pocket park & public “Makers” Space
Budget - $10,000

Wildflowers on 12th Mural

Applicant – Melissa Wineman
Neighborhood – Sunnyside & Belmont
Project - Mural
Budget - $3,855

Stonebridge Church Community Park Space

Applicant – Randi Tollner
Neighborhood – Prosperity Church
Project - Pocket park
Budget - $7,000