____ Posted Thursday August 10, 2017 ____


City of Kitchener offers up to $20,000 to transform neighbourhood public spaces

Residents looking to transform a public space in their neighbourhood can access up to $20,000 to spruce up a park, enhance a cul-de-sac, create art and more. Through the Neighbourhood Placemaking Challenge, residents can turn everyday spaces into destinations and gathering places where people want to spend time.

The Neighbourhood Placemaking Challenge is an open competition. Residents can submit their ideas through an application form, which will be reviewed by a committee of volunteers and city staff.

To encourage placemaking of all kinds, the city will award up to 15 placemaking grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 depending on the scope of the project.

“Placemaking is still a relatively new concept for Kitchener that allows residents to embrace a sense of ownership of Kitchener’s public spaces,” says Josh Joseph, neighbourhood development office supervisor, City of Kitchener. “The grants are intended to give residents the tools they need to make change in their favourite public places.”

Applications for large scale projects and grants above $6,000 are due on Oct. 2, 2017. Applications for grants less than $6,000 are due April 29, 2018. Specific placemaking grants are also available for residents with a special interest in health, sustainability and business centre revitalization.

To qualify for the grant, groups must complete their project by July 30, 2018. On July 28 to 30, 2018, the city and grant recipients will host a Placemaking Challenge weekend for all groups to display and animate their projects and celebrate their unique gathering places in neighbourhoods across the city.

“Placemaking is a term often used by those in community development fields. The reality is that our residents create interesting places all the time and showcasing these projects over one weekend helps people see placemaking in action,” says Joseph.

The application form is now available at lovemyhood.ca. Residents can also access a brand new Placemaking Guide, as well as read several frequently asked questions related to the challenge.

The Neighbourhood Placemaking Challenge, hosted by the City of Kitchener, is a key action of Kitchener’s Love My Hood strategy. Love My Hood encourages residents to take the lead in making their neighbourhood great, and the city is committed to supporting them along the way.

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