Placemaking Micro-Grants Program
Grants available through Networks Northwest, formerly Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, give local units of government in four northwest lower Michigan counties an opportunity to support their communities' Placemaking goals. The Placemaking Micro-Grants program awards grants on a competitive basis to city, village, township, and county governments within Charlevoix, Emmet, Manistee, and Missaukee Counties.
“The goal for these Placemaking Micro-Grants is to assist local efforts to enhance their communities' public spaces and to begin to implement them,” said Matt McCauley, NWMCOG director of regional planning and community development. “Often it is the small ideas that grow from the community that create interesting usable public places.”
Recipients of the 2013 Placemaking Micro-Grants:
The 2013 Placemaking Micro-Grant program is providing 13 grants totaling $50,000 to city, village, and township governments in northwest Lower Michigan. The grants were awarded by the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments (now Networks Northwest), in partnership with the Alliance for Economic Success, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Northern Lakes Economic Alliance, and the Traverse Bay Economic Development Corporation. Thirty-one communities from 10 counties applied for the grants.
Village of Bellaire $2,500
The Village of Bellaire was awarded $2,500 for kayak/canoe portaging stations in Richardi Park at the Intermediate River.
Village of Mancelona $2,500
The Village of Mancelona was awarded $2,500 for benches, tables, and landscaping in downtown parks.
Village of Honor $5,000
The Village of Honor was awarded $5,000 for bike racks and handicap bridge access at Maley Park.
City of East Jordan $5,000
The City of East Jordan was awarded $5,000 for a kayak/canoe/bicycle rack at the mouth of the Jordan River.
Mackinaw City $2,000
Mackinaw City was awarded $2,000 for Historical Pathway interpretive sign improvements including QR codes and audio recordings.
City of Petoskey $3,000
The City of Petoskey was awarded $3,000 to enhance the usability of outdoor space at the Petoskey District Library, including tables and a bike rack.
Grand Traverse County
Garfield Township $5,000
Garfield Township was awarded $5,000 for a kiosk at the Historic Barns Park.
Village of Kalkaska $5,000
The Village of Kalkaska was awarded $5,000 for a skate park on the former tennis courts at Cherry Street Intermediate School.
Suttons Bay Township $5,000
Suttons Bay Township was awarded $5,000 to be used for a form-based code charrette to help local residents define the Township’s community character and establish form-based zoning.
City of Manistee $2,000
The City of Manistee was awarded $2,000 for trees, planters and installation to pilot a street tree-lining project on historic River Street in downtown.
Village of Kaleva $3,000
The Village of Kaleva was awarded $3,000 for a sculpture to be designed by a local artist to be added to the Kaleva Sculpture Park.
Missaukee Conservation District $5,000
The Missaukee Conservation District was awarded $5,000 for enhancements to the N.E.W. Missaukee Fitness Trail and Native Gardens including signage, a kiosk, and a covered picnic area.
Village of Mesick $5,000
The Village of Mesick was awarded $5,000 for a free movie night program and improvements at the Village recreation park.
Recipients of the 2012 Placemaking Micro-Grants:
City of Boyne City $1,500
The City of Boyne City was awarded $1,500 to help install bicycle racks designed as functional public art in eight locations around downtown Boyne City. The functional public will provide destinations for bicyclists, as well as becoming landmarks to enhance the downtown.
City of Petoskey $1,500
The City of Petoskey was awarded $1,500 to assist wayfinding efforts for the Bear River Valley Recreation Area. The wayfinding project will consisting of mapping and brochures, kiosk construction, signage, and a cell phone interpretive tour of the River Valley.
City of Manistee DDA $1,500
The City of Manistee Downtown Development Association was awarded $1,500 to assist with a signage and wayfinding project for the US31 and River Street Intersection. The goal for the project is to draw the attention of passing motorist on US31 to the historic commercial district.
City of Lake City DDA $1,500
The City of Lake City Downtown Development Association was awarded $1,500 to assist a wayfinding effort for the new permanent city dock. The signage will help to direct people using the dock facility to the downtown commercial district and associated businesses.
Placemaking is a community-based approach to the planning, design and management of spaces that have local and regional importance. It involves the discovery and implementation of practices that make our communities distinctive, economically viable, accessible, and visually pleasing. Placemaking capitalizes on a local community's assets, inspiration and potential, creating good public spaces that promote people's health, happiness, and economic well-being.
The Placemaking Micro-Grants program is provided and administered by Networks Northwest. Additional information on Placemaking is available at the website CreateMiPlace.org.