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Types of Projects Funded

Community Gardens

Community gardens have the potential to beautify vacant lots, create places to gather, augment local food supplies and enhance the urban environment in a variety of ways. See Grow Your Neighborhood with a Community Garden, REALTORS® Rescue a Garden on Their Way to Revitalizing a Neighborhood, Empty Lot to a Place to Gather, and Finding the Right Spot for a Community Garden.

South East Valley Regional Association of REALTORS® (AZ)


Parklets are mini-parks created by extending an existing sidewalk into a parking spot(s) to create a space for outdoor seating and more.  See Parklets: Spots for People, not Cars and Transform Your Street, One Parking Space at a Time.

Sun Valley Board of REALTORS® (ID)

Parks & Pocket Parks

Pocket parks are usually created on a single vacant building lot or on small, irregular pieces of land. Parks are usually larger projects on larger parcels of land.  See Uninviting Space to Welcoming Community Gathering Place, The Power of Collaboration in a Rural Town, and Pocket Park – Big Mission!

Greater Fairfield Board of REALTORS® (CT)

Traverse Area Association of REALTORS® (MI)

Paducah Board of REALTORS® (KY)

Pedestrian Plazas

Plazas create a great place for residents to gather, sit and relax and could help to revitalize downtown areas.  See Plazas & Walkways Create Ideal Gathering Places for a Community.

Greater Northwest Indiana Association of REALTORS®

Trails & Paths & Rails to Trails

These are great projects for rural areas. In addition to creating a place to gather, trails help to preserve and restore open spaces and provide opportunities for physical activity to improve fitness and mental health. See Transform an Unused Railroad Corridor into a Living Trail and Trail Towns Grow Communities.

Greenwood  Association of REALTORS® (SC)

Playgrounds & Play Areas

Playgrounds can range from traditional to inclusive, and from small to large. The grant funds smaller play places especially in those neighborhoods where there is no places for children to play. See Missoula Organization of REALTORS® All-Abilities Playground,  Turning an Eyesore into a Welcoming Kid-Friendly Place to Play and Young Professionals Engage in Placemaking.

Coeur D’Alene Association of REALTORS®  (ID)

Dog Parks

Dog parks, a place where not only dogs gather and play, but so too do their owners and residents. See Placemaking Goes to the Dogs, Neighborhood Eyesore to Gathering Place for Pooches and People and A New Place for Pooches in Cape Cod.

Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS® (MA)

Alley Activations & Pedestrian Walkways

Activating alleys to include seating, murals, art, lighting, landscaping, markets, events and much more provides a great place for the community to gather and to draw people to local businesses.  See REALTORS® in Action: Alley to Pedestrian Walkway Transformation.

Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of REALTORS®

Types of Amenities to Add at a New Public Space

Types of Projects Not Funded

  • Large Scale Projects:  Limited to projects under $200,000 
  • Temporary or seasonal projects
  • Places for a select group of users (i.e. students, athletes, elderly).
  • Places not available to whole community (i.e. public housing project, private property, gated communities)
  • Infrastructure or public works projects:  street repair, lighting, sidewalks, parking lots, bus stations, etc.
  • Construction, repair or replacement of buildings or other structures
  • Restoration, repair, improvement, or replacement of amenities (i.e. benches, tables, gazebos), trees/plants, playground equipment, monuments, statues, etc.
  • Indoor facilities such as YMCAs, libraries, community centers, etc.
  • Recreational areas for a single purpose such as basketball courts, baseball & soccer fields, tennis courts
  • Memorial structures: grant can fund the building of a gathering space but not the memorial itself
  • Landscaping/beautification projects; a gathering place needs to be created
  • Marketing Activities
  • Ribbon Cuttings or other Events
  • Food and refreshments
  • Media or PR Campaigns