Placemaking Grants and the Creative Pool are Back!

The Urban Design Center in the city’s Planning, Design & Development department will open the application processes for both the 2022 placemaking grant program and the placemaking creative pool on Friday, Jan. 14.

The placemaking grant program uses urban design and placemaking to transform underutilized public spaces into vibrant places for people.

​ To facilitate placemaking work, the city maintains a pool of local artists who manage, create and implement original compositions. This includes work in mixed media, performance, written and spoken word, video/photography, fabrication and more.

​ Charlotte residents, organizations, and businesses are encouraged to submit applications for consideration.

​ The application processes will be open from Jan. 14 through March 4. A total of $150,000 in grant funding is available and grants will be between $1,000 and $25,000.

​ “The City of Charlotte’s Placemaking grants are a great opportunity for neighborhoods, organizations, local businesses and passionate individuals to come together to breathe new life into a public space,” said Alyson Craig, the city’s deputy planning director. “We are looking forward to seeing what creative and inspirational ideas applicants come up with as a way to enhance the identity of a place they care most about in Charlotte.”

​ To make projects accessible and easier to complete, the city has created a Placemaking Hub toolkit.

​ Applicants may apply for a variety of project types.

Placemaking Grant Project Types

· ​ Wall murals.

· ​ Street murals.

· ​ Painted traffic circles.

· ​ Painted crosswalks.

· ​ Street furniture.

· ​ Signal cabinet wraps.

· ​ Bus stop improvements.

· ​ Pop-up plaza/park.

· ​ Community-oriented agriculture initiatives.

· ​ Technical assistance.

Interested applicants are invited to attend upcoming virtual meetings to have their questions answered about placemaking projects and the application process. Meetings will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3, and Thursday, Feb. 10.

Visit charlottenc.gov/placemaking for more information on the Placemaking Program and apply online for both the 2022 placemaking grant program and the placemaking creative pool beginning Friday, January 14.

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Advances the quality of the built environment, creates public awareness, and communicates the importance of urban design in Charlotte, NC.