The Placemaking Micro-grant is available to state and local REALTOR® Associations to help fund Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper placemaking projects in their communities.
Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper placemaking projects are small, inexpensive, and incremental community projects. They do not need to cost a lot of money to get off the ground. Nor do they need to take a lot of time to plan and complete. But, these smaller types of Placemaking activities can often help to improve a neighborhood and make it a better place to live, work and play.
Lighter Quicker Cheaper projects help to:
- Create community gathering places
- Attract residents and visitors
- Bring life to downtowns
- Support walkable communities
- Preserve open and green spaces
Note: For 2016, the criteria for the Placemaking Micro-grant have been changed. Please read the Grant Criteria & Requirements before applying.
Grant Criteria & Requirements
- Project Focus: Creates, renews or revitalizes a public, outdoor space as a destination and gathering place.
- Project Requirements
- Part of a strategic, community or project plan.
- Involves the participation of the Association and/or REALTORS® including funding, volunteering and project planning.
- Promotes President Salomone’s “And Then Some” campaign.
- Includes project budget and, if applicable, a design concept/plan.
- Involves community partners.
- Is accessible to the whole community and all residents.
- Is accessible all, or most, of the time.
- Incorporates the “Power of Ten”: place offers at least 10 things to do or 10 reasons to be there — place to sit, art to enjoy, music to hear, area to read/check email, food to eat, history to experience, flowers to smell, people to meet, area to play, people to watch, things to learn, paths to walk, etc.
- Number of Grants/Year
- An Association can be approved for 2 grants per year.
- The second grant must be for a new project, not to enhance the first project funded.
- A second application will not be reviewed until the “after” photo from the first project is submitted.
- Funding Amounts: Two levels
- Level 1: Up to $1,500 to renew and revitalize existing public spaces.
- Level 2: Up to $3,000 to create new public spaces.
- Types of Projects Funded: See examples of the types of projects that can be funded.
- Types of Projects Not Funded: See the types projects that cannot be funded.
Grant Application Process
Applications Due: Accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year through October, 2016.
- Take a photo(s) of the current site to be used as a “before” photo.
- If applicable, get a copy of the project’s planning concept or plan.
- Submit the online application. You can attach the photo(s) and plan via the online application.
- Staff will schedule a brief phone call to discuss project and application within 10 days of submission of application. You may need to provide additional information.
- Staff will review application, and make a decision, within 10 days after the phone call and after all information is received.
- Project must be completed within one year after grant application was approved.
- Within 3 months after the project was completed, the following needs to be sent to NAR:
- After photo(s) of the project.
- Brief report of what happened (i.e. use/visits by the community; media coverage; other community projects, outcomes, etc.).
- Celebrate your success. We encourage you to consider having a “ribbon cutting” ceremony or similar event and inviting the community, stakeholders and media and include that in your report.
- Write a blog post. We are always looking for guest bloggers for Spaces to Places. If you would like to write a blog post on your project, let us know.
Disbursement of Funds
- Funds will be distributed as follows:
- Submit proof of how funds were spent.
- Acceptable forms of proof include an invoice, signed contract, receipts, and cancelled checks.
- The request for reimbursement must be made within 90 days of the completion of the project.
- Once all documentation is received, NAR will process the check request.
- Checks can be payable to your Association or Board, or an organization (we will need the Tax ID number and phone number) but not to a government agency.
- It usually takes ten working days to two weeks for the check to be processed and mailed out.
- Associations will not be able to submit another application for one year if funds were not used as described in application.
For more information on the Placemaking Micro-grant, email Holly Moskerintz or give her a call at 202-383-1157.
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