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Placemaking Grant

Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. Placemaking capitalizes on a local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people's health, happiness, and well being.

The GMAR Placemaking Grant is available to communities and local Realtors® who are working together to make their communities a better place to live, work, and play.



Grant Criteria & Requirements
  • Project Focus: Creates, renews, or revitalizes a public, outdoor space as a destination and gathering place.

  • Project Requirements: (1) Part of a strategic, community, or project plan. (2) Involves the participation of GMAR members by way of funding, volunteering, and/or project planning. Grant applications that include GMAR members’ inclusion in all three aspects will be given greater consideration. (3) Includes project budget and, if applicable, a design concept/plan. (4) Involves community partners. (5) Is accessible to the whole community and all residents.

  • Grants will be awarded in amounts between $1,000 and $5,000.

  • A municipality may receive only one Placemaking grant per year.
Types of Grants
  • Small Improvement Project Grant - $1,000 - $2,500
    • This grant is designed to fund projects that are not necessarily large, but with a little funding and elbow grease, can make a space a place.
  • Shifting the Paradigm Project Grant - $2,500 - $5,000
    • Shifting the Paradigm is a commitment to largely transforming a neighborhood or community. This grant is designed to make a big impact in a big way. Projects that obtain additional funding from community partners will be given stronger consideration for a grant award.
Grant Application Process
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through October 1st of each year.

  • Submit the online application.
    • Grant applications that include photos and a copy of the project’s planning concept or plan will be given greater consideration.
    • Projects that are partially funded through donations from GMAR Members will receive greater consideration.
  • Staff will schedule a brief phone call to discuss the project and application within 10 days of the submission of the application. Additional information may be requested.

  • The GMAR Community Placemaking Committee will meet and make a decision on the requesting grant application.

  • If you should have any questions or need additional information, please contact Travis Greer, GMAR Director of Realtor® and Community Affairs. He can be reached at travis@gmaronline.com.
Disbursement of Funds
  • All project invoices must be submitted to GMAR with the accompanying Reimbursement Form (to be created) within 10 business days of project completion. Requests for reimbursement must include proof of how the funds were spent, e.g., signed contract, receipts, etc.
Project Completion
  • Projects must be completed within the calendar year of which the Placemaking Grant was approved. If the project will not be completed within the timeframe, it must be approved by the Community Placemaking Committee.

  • Monthly updates must be provided to GMAR regarding the project’s progress.

  • Celebrate your success! We encourage you to host a “ribbon cutting” ceremony or similar event and inviting the community, stakeholders, and media.

  • If the project exceeds its approved budget, the Grant Applicant may submit a letter to the GMAR Community Placemaking Committee requesting additional funding and an explanation of the circumstances. Approval of additional funding is subject to available funds.

  • Within 45 days of project completion, the applying party must submit a Completion Report.
    • The Completion Report includes before and after photos of the project, a report of what happened (i.e. use/visits by the community media coverage; other community projects, outcomes, etc.). The report must also provide a financial report on all expenses. The report should also include how future grants might help improve or provide a lasting impact.
Types of Projects Funded*

Community Gardens

Downtown Streetscaping

Pocket Parks

Bike Racks

Pedestrian Plazas

Trails & Paths & Rails to Trails

Playgrounds & Play Areas

Dog Parks

Memorial Site Amenities

Alley Activations & Pedestrian Walkways

Amenities for Existing Public Space

Farmer Markets

Night Markets

Murals and Public Art

Seating

Little Free Libraries

*Funding will not be provided to projects unavailable to the whole community (i.e. public housing project, private property, gated communities).

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