Placemaking Grants Encourage Aesthetic Improvements to Public Spaces

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Past Placemaking Grants have brought bling to unexpected places, like these gold fire hydrants on Long Beach Blvd. Photo from the DLBA.

Past Placemaking Grants have brought bling to unexpected places, like these gold fire hydrants on Long Beach Blvd. Photo from the DLBA.

Innovative community leaders will have a new resource to improve their neighborhoods thanks to a new grant program from the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA). Applications were released today for DLBAs community-based Placemaking Grant Program. Interested parties will have the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $5,000 for capital improvements to the public right-of-way, open spaces and areas accessible to the public.

“Our greatest asset in Downtown is the community – the leaders, entrepreneurs and residents who dedicate their energies to make our city a better place,” shared Kraig Kojian, President & CEO of the DLBA. “We look forward to seeing the innovative, creative and sustainable submissions that come out of this process.” 

The Placemaking Grant Program provides funding to individuals, businesses, associations, organizations or entities interested in making physical enhancements to streetscapes and public spaces in Downtown Long Beach. The goal of the program is to enhance the aesthetic quality and user experience of public spaces within the Downtown.

Applications will be reviewed by the DLBA’s Pubic Realm Committee and evaluated based on the ability of the project to have a lasting impact on the neighborhood in the areas of public safety, beautification, accessibility, and collaboration. The project must also be within the DLBA boundaries.

“Ultimately, we will look for individuals and organizations that have a strong track record and great ideas,” added Brian Ulaszewski, Chair of DLBAs Public Realm Committee, a group of community members who will oversee the process and award the grants. “Projects that solve problems and contribute to the greater good will likely get the attention and support of DLBA’s Public Realm Committee.”

Applications are available at www.downtownlongbeach.org starting today and are due no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, August 11. Interested applications will have the opportunity to learn more about the process and ask questions at a non-mandatory program workshop on Wednesday, July 23 at 6 p.m. at the Small Business Development Center offices located at 309 Pine Ave.

To learn more about the Placemaking Grant Program and other DLBA programs, please visitwww.downtownlongbeach.org or call 562.436.4259.

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