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Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community Grants Program

Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community Grants Program

North America
 (
2014
 - 
Ongoing
)

The Heart of the Community Grants program is a signature outreach program of Southwest Airlines with a mission to build connections that bring people together and strengthen communities for a more resilient future.

Launched in 2014 with lead partner, Project for Public Spaces, the Heart of the Community grants provide financial and technical assistance to local community partners who seek to bring new life to their public spaces. So far, the program has transformed 20 public spaces in communities around North America.

Click here to learn how to apply and to find out more about the public space transformations made possible by Heart of the Community so far.

Program Website

Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community Grants Program

Press

They Go for the Rehabilitation of the Plaza de La Ciudadela (Spanish), El Universal, November 15, 2015

Gather at the Plaza? Albuquerque Journal, April 23, 2015

Balboa Park Central Plaza Furnishings Get Colorized, The San Diego Union-Tribune, April 22, 2015

New Cafe, Seating for Pratt Street PlazaThe Baltimore Sun, April 22, 2015

Southwest Airlines Helping to Boost Transformation of Key Downtown Parcel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 21, 2015

Placemaking: 5 Easy Ways to Build the Human ConnectionNet Impact, October 31, 2014

Southwest Airlines Will Pay You To Redesign Your City, Fast Company, June 5, 2014

Southwest’s New Initiative Expands the Airline From Place-Taking to Placemaking, TriplePundit, May 16, 2014

Why Public Places Are the Key to Transforming Our CommunitiesGreenBiz, April 25, 2014

Why Southwest Airlines Is Building Parks in Each of Its 90 CitiesGizmodo, April 15, 2014

Southwest Airlines' New Cause: 'Placemaking'Fortune, April 3, 2014

Imagination Center Opens in Burnside Park, Providence Business News, August 22, 2013

Traffic Island 'Beach' Opens in Downtown Detroit, USA Today, June 27, 2013

Publications

Places in the Making, Susan Silberberg, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, October 22, 2013

Blog Posts

Not Your Average City Hall: Placemaking Takes Center Stage in Philadelphia, Katherine Peinhardt, October 9, 2017

Building Connections for a More Resilient Future, Philip Winn, October 1, 2017

Minneapolis: At the Corner of Arts and Justice, Katherine Peinhardt, September 19, 2017

This Must be the Place: Learning by Doing in Mexico City, Philip Winn, February 18, 2017

From Parking Lot to Hot Spot in Milwaukee, November 11, 2015

There's No Place Like Home: Civic Plaza Becomes the Heart of Albuquerque's Community, October 13, 2015

Portland Celebrates Placemaking in Congress Square Park, June 24, 2015

A Playful Plaza: Bringing Imagination and New Life to Downtown Providence, Philip Winn, December 16, 2014

Placemaking’s Ripple Effect: How a Beach Downtown is Making Waves in Detroit, Philip Winn, September 26, 2014

Heart of the Community: Investing in People and Places with Southwest Airlines, April 3, 2014

Places in the Making: MIT Report Highlights the 'Virtuous Cycle of Placemaking', October 23, 2013

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Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community Grants Program
Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community Grants Program
Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community Grants Program
Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community Grants Program
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