Applications open for City of Charlotte placemaking grants

Britt Clampitt

CHARLOTTE N.C. (Jan. 9, 2020) – In 2020, the City of Charlotte is continuing its placemaking efforts as it works alongside community members and local artists to activate and transform city infrastructure into vibrant community spaces.

Applications are now open for the next round of the city’s Placemaking Grant Program. The program, which began in 2018 and is led by the City of Charlotte’s Urban Design Center, provides funding and technical support for projects that create and enhance community vibrancy, safety and identity. Project types include:

  • The activation of leftover and/or underutilized spaces,
  • Streetscape improvements,
  • Art and beautification efforts, and
  • The creation of community gathering spaces.

In 2018, the city awarded ten placemaking grants totaling $50,000. Projects included pop-up plazas and pocket parks, street murals, signal cabinet wraps, bus stop improvements, wall murals, custom bike racks and more.

Following a successful first round, the city has increased its 2020 grant pool to $100,000 and will now offer two types of grants: Placemaking Project Grants and Technical Assistance Grants.

The city will award Placemaking Project Grants between $1,000 and $25,000, for a total pool of $75,000. These grants will support award recipients who have specific design ideas as they implement projects. The total funding available for Technical Assistance Grants is $25,000; five grants of $5,000 each will be awarded. Technical Assistance Grants will assist community members who want to see change or placemaking efforts in their neighborhoods, but need help getting there. City staff will guide Technical Assistant Grant recipients through the process – from identifying opportunities through project kickoff.

Interested applicants can review grant and application guides at Applications are due March 6.

“We were thrilled with the response we received in the first round of Placemaking Grant Program awards and the success of those projects,” said Erin Chantry, senior urban designer and planner with the Urban Design Center. “We encourage residents to review our grant guide, brainstorm ideas and become partners with the city in reinventing public spaces.”

Interested applicants to the 2020 Placemaking Grant Program are invited to attend two community workshops in February to learn more about project opportunities and grant expectations:

Thursday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m.
Belmont Regional Center, 700 Parkwood Ave.

Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m.
Charlotte Powerhouse Studio, 1507 Camden Road

Street parking is limited. The Charlotte Powerhouse Studio is directly adjacent the Bland Street Station on the LYNX Blue Line. 


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