Placemaking Challenge = Make a neighbourhood place BETTER!

Improve a public place in your ‘hood with grants between $1,000 and $20,000.

That should get your attention!

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Through our City’s new Neighbourhood Placemaking Challenge, “residents can turn everyday spaces into destinations and gathering places where people want to spend time.” This could be anything from sprucing up a corner of the neighbourhood with a piece of art (like Meg Leslie’s idea), some outdoor sports equipment, a folding park kiosk, “Yarn-bombing” or costuming for benches or posts, a fence mural, edible trails, neighbourhood chalkboards…. oh, wait, already got those!! But, you get the idea.

In fact, a Midtown Mount Hope group got $1000 in summer 2016 to build the very first chalkboard during the test run of the Placemaking Challenge. The new & improved Placemaking Challenge has a few more guidelines in place to make it more available to a wider selection of projects.

To encourage placemaking of all kinds, the city will award up to 15 placemaking grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 depending on the scope of the project.

What are your ideas! What kind of placemaking project would you like to see in the neighbourhood?

And, more importantly, are you willing to take a lead in making it happen??

Here’s the nitty gritty details:

  • Applications for large scale projects and grants above $6,000 are due on October. 2, 2017
  • Applications for grants less than $6,000 are due April 29, 2018
  • specific placemaking grants are also available for residents with a special interest in health, sustainability and business centre revitalization
  • To qualify for the grant, groups must complete their project by July 30, 2018
  • On July 28 to 30, 2018, the city and grant recipients will host a Placemaking Challenge weekend for all groups to display and animate their projects = placemaking in action!

How to get started:

The Neighbourhood Placemaking Challenge is an open competition. All applications will be reviewed by a committee of volunteers and city staff. More info at

Let’s get planning!!


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