Placemaking Grant Applications Accepted
The Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS is accepting Placemaking Grant applications from municipalities in Cuyahoga County or Summit County.
What is a Placemaking Grant?
The Placemaking Grant is available to state and local REALTOR® Associations to help fund Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper placemaking projects in their communities.
Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper placemaking projects are small, inexpensive, and incremental community projects. They do not need to cost a lot of money to get off the ground. Nor do they need to take a lot of time to plan and complete. But, these smaller types of Placemaking activities can often help to improve a neighborhood and make it a better place to live, work and play.
Lighter Quicker Cheaper projects help to:
- Create community gathering places
- Attract residents and visitors
- Bring life to downtowns
- Support walkable communities
- Preserve open and green spaces
NEW in 2017: There is 1 funding level:
- Up to $5,000 to create new public spaces. The grant can now only be used to fund the creation and building of new public spaces. REALTOR® involvement is highly encouraged. The grant should be used to fund projects that will have a bigger impact on a community by building gathering spots; creating destinations; bringing life to downtowns; and preserving open spaces. The grant will not fund adding amenities to an existing space.
- Project Focus: Creates, renews or revitalizes a public, outdoor space as a destination and gathering place.
- Project Requirements
- Project space must be located outside.
- Project needs to be a “multi-functional” space for everyone in a community.
- Dog parks, playgrounds, memorials & community gardens: Plan must include amenities for everyone (seating, paths, art work, etc.)
- Memorials: only fund amenities, not the actual memorial structure.
- Involves the participation of the association and engagement of REALTORS®. Maximum amount is awarded to reflect projects that are Association-led or projects where the REALTOR® Association is a project co-partner.
- Planning, designing, funding, and member volunteering
- Involves community partners and local “buy-in”
- Project is compliant with city permitting and zoning
- Is accessible to the whole community and all residents
- Is accessible all, or most, of the time
- Incorporates the “Power of Ten”: place offers at least 10 things to do or 10 reasons to be there — place to sit, art to enjoy, music to hear, area to read/check email, food to eat, history to experience, flowers to smell, people to meet, area to play, people to watch, things to learn, paths to walk, etc.
- Community gardens have the potential to beautify vacant lots, create places to gather, augment local food supplies and enhance the urban environment in a variety of ways.
- Parklets are mini-parks created by extending an existing sidewalk into a parking spot(s) to create a space for outdoor seating and more.
- Pocket parks are usually created on a single vacant building lot or on small, irregular pieces of land. Parks are usually larger projects.
- Pedestrian Plazas create a great place for residents to gather, sit and relax and could help to revitalize downtown areas.
- Trails & Paths & Rails to Trails – In addition to creating a place to gather, trails help to preserve and restore open spaces and provide opportunities for physical activity to improve fitness and mental health.
- Playgrounds & Play Areas – Playgrounds can range from traditional to inclusive, and from small to large. The grant funds smaller play places.
- Dog parks, a place where not only dogs gather and play, but so too do their owners and residents.
- Alley Activations & Pedestrian Walkways – Activating alleys to include seating, murals, art, lighting, landscaping, markets, events and much more provides a great place for the community to gather and to draw people to local businesses.
- Large Scale Projects: Limited to projects under $200,000
- Temporary or seasonal projects
- Places for a select group of users (i.e. students, athletes, elderly).
- Places not available to whole community (i.e. public housing project, private property, gated communities)
- City-wide multi-site projects, i.e. several benches in several parks
- Large linear projects over several miles, i.e. several benches along a roadway
- Infrastructure or public works projects: street repair, lighting, sidewalks, parking lots, bus stops, etc.
- Construction, repair or replacement of buildings
- Restoration, repair, improvement, or replacement of amenities (i.e. benches, tables, gazebos), trees/plants, playground equipment, monuments, statues, etc.
- Indoor facilities such as YMCAs, libraries, community centers, etc.
- Recreational areas for a single purpose such as basketball courts, baseball & soccer fields, tennis courts
- Memorial structures
- Landscaping/beautification projects
- Marketing Activities
- Ribbon Cuttings or other Events or Food
- Media or PR Campaigns
Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year through September 30th. Projects must be completed within 1 year of grant approval. Only 2 grants are awarded to ACAR projects annually. Celebrating success is important to the program. If your grant request is approved, ACAR would like to participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony or similar event with the community, stakeholders, and media.
Any questions? Contact ACAR’s Government Affairs Director, Jamie McMillen, by email or directly at 216.525.4834.Submit a Grant Application