Placemaking Program & Grant
Placemaking is a way to make your community a better place to live by transforming unused sites and “eyesores” into welcoming destinations accessible to everyone in a community. Placemaking can be undertaken by anyone in a community but what is often needed is someone to take the lead or initiative. Who better to do this than a REALTOR® Association, and its members, as REALTORS® are already engaged in their communities and know the neighborhoods and the properties, and are likely to know where to focus efforts to enhance a place.
The Placemaking grant is only available to state and local REALTOR® Associations.
The Placemaking Grant funds the creation of new public spaces and destinations in a community. The grant focuses on “lighter, cheaper, quicker” placemaking projects, which can be built in under a year and cost less than $200,000.
The Placemaking Grant is available for up to $3,000, depending on engagement of REALTOR® Association, and its members, impact on community and meeting of all project criteria listed below. An association can be approved for up to two grants per year. The second grant application will not be reviewed until the project evaluation form and “after” photo from the first project are submitted. Associations will not be able to submit another application for one year if funds were not used as described in application.
The Placemaking Grant can only be used to fund projects that meet the following criteria:
New Public Space Created
Types of projects funded are parks, pocket parks, plazas, parklets, alley activations, trails, dog parks, play/fitness areas, community gardens.
Association and Member Engagement
Placemaking projects offer an opportunity for REALTOR® Associations and REALTORS® to engage in goodwill efforts in a community. 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.
Mulit-Functional & Community-Orientated
Make sure your project meets the following criteria:
• Benefits everyone in the community and includes amenities that everyone can enjoy
• Compliant with city permitting and zoning
• Accessible to the whole community and all residents
• Accessible all or most of the time
• Provides at least 10 things to do or 10 reasons to be there
For more information visit: NAR Placemaking Program & Grant