Imagine a world
where everyone has
the opportunity to
shape public spaces.
Community Placemaking Grants

In many American cities, not only are public spaces inequitably distributed and poorly maintained—but the people in the communities with the least access also rarely have the opportunity to shape public spaces themselves.

Project for Public Spaces’ Community Placemaking Grants enable US-based nonprofits and government agencies to address this inequality of access by working directly with local stakeholders to transform public spaces or co-create new ones. We do this by providing direct funding, technical assistance, and capacity building facilitated by Project for Public Spaces.

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Spring 2022 Grants
Most cities and towns have one or more public spaces that serve people from across the region, but many of those spaces don’t serve the full diversity of their community, including people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, young people, and people experiencing homelessness.

This spring, with generous support from Niantic, Project for Public Spaces will support a placemaking project in one American city or town to help a major destination engage and improve the visitor experience for underserved members of the community. The selected applicant will have the opportunity to work with local residents and partners to facilitate a placemaking process in collaboration with Project for Public Spaces that results in physical and programmatic improvements to the space.

Selected recipient will receive:
  • $40,000 in funding for physical and programmatic improvements to a public space
  • Design, research, community engagement, and implementation support from Project for Public Spaces
  • Peer learning opportunities to meet, learn from, and share with fellow grantees and others
  • Promotion and programming for the public space through Niantic’s popular augmented reality games (see a full list of Niantic games here)
Eligibility requirements:
  • The recipient organization must be a U.S.-based 501c(3) nonprofit or local government agency.
  • The project site must be an outdoor space that is free and open to the public.
  • The recipient organization must have the authority or permission to make physical improvements to this space.
  • The project site must be a destination for people from across the city, town, or region. (However, the site does not have to be located downtown.)
Applications are due by April 15, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT. Grant recipients will be announced in June 2022, and grant activities will take place over the course of one year starting in June 2022.

To view the application questions, timeline, and evaluation criteria, please review our application instructions in advance.

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