Placemaking Grant Applications Accepted

By Design Login posted 07-21-2016 00:00

  

he Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS is accepting Placemaking Grant applications from municipalities and non-profits 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. These projects can be built in under 1 year and cost less than $200,000

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

Funding Level:

The Placemaking Grant has 2 levels available for 2019.

Level 1: funds demonstration and temporary projects to provide an opportunity to test the viability of long-range plans and investments especially elements of downtown master or bike/pedestrian plans and transportation initiatives that increase community livability and widen public engagement. The intent is that these types of projects will lead to permanent projects. Amount of funds awarded (up to $1,500) depends on engagement of REALTOR® Association, and its members, project impact on community and meeting of all project criteria listed below.

Level 2: funds the creation of new public spaces and destinations in a community accessible to everyone and open at all, or most, times. The Grant focuses on “lighter, cheaper, quicker” placemaking projects, which can be built under a year and cost less than $200,000. Amount of funds awarded (up to $5,000) depends on engagement of REALTOR® Association, and its members, project impact on community and meeting of all project criteria listed below.

Regardless of level, all projects must be completed within 1 year of award.

Level 1 Grant Criteria & Requirements

The Placemaking Grant, Level 1, can only be used to fund projects that meet the following criteria:

  • Types of Projects Funded: Parklets, pop-up parks, biking & walking events, bike corrals, pedestrian plazas, protected or conventional bike lanes.
  • Association and Member Engagement: Placemaking projects offer an opportunity for REALTOR® Associations and REALTORS® to engage in community outreach and set the stage for advocacy efforts. An association, and its members, need to be involved in the planning, designing, funding and/or building of the project.
    • Association-led & managed projects – required to be approved for maximum amount
    • Association engagement: fundraising and/or donations, planning, organizing, Realtor Action Day project, serves on project committee/task force, etc.
    • Realtor engagement: site clean-up, planning, coordinating, serves on project committee/task force, building of project, etc.

Usage of Grant Funds

  • Funds can be used for amenities (street furniture, paint, signage, materials, landscaping, murals, etc.), site preparation, artist fees
  • Funds can’t be used on marketing, food, plaque, opening day activities – can use 10% contribution for these items

Level 2 Grant Criteria & Requirements

  • Types of Projects Funded: new parks, pocket parks, plazas, parklets, alley activations, trails, dog parks, play/fitness areas, community gardens.
    • Types of projects the grant funds
    • Types of activities the grant does not fund
    • Examples of REALTOR® Associations’ Placemaking Projects
  • Association and Member Engagement: Placemaking projects offer an opportunity for REALTOR® Associations and REALTORS® to engage in community outreach and set the stage for advocacy efforts. An association, and its members, need to be involved in the planning, designing, funding and/or building of the project.
  • Maximum grant amount is awarded to reflect projects that are association-led or projects where the REALTOR® Association is a main partner
  • Association engagement: fundraising and/or donations, planning, organizing, Realtor Action Day project, serves on project committee/task force, etc.
  • Realtor engagement: site clean-up, planning, coordinating, serves on project committee/task force, building of project, etc.
  • Multi-Functional & Community-Orientated
    • Benefits everyone in the community (not for targeted groups)
    • Includes several amenities (seating, kiosks, landscaping, artwork, etc.) that everyone can enjoy
    • Compliant with city permitting and zoning
    • Open and accessible all or most of the time (not inside buildings, not behind locked doors/gates)

Usage of Grant Funds

  • Funds can be used for amenities (street furniture, paint, signage, materials, landscaping, murals, etc.), site preparation, artist fees
  • Funds can’t be used on marketing, food, plague, opening day activities – can use 10% contribution for these items

Any questions? Contact ACAR’s Vice President of Government Affairs, Jamie McMillen, by email or directly at 216.525.4834.

Submit a Grant Application

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