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Micro-Grants Available to Help Communities With Their Placemaking Efforts

Grants available through the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments (NWMCOG) will give local units of government in four northwest lower Michigan counties an opportunity to support their communities' Placemaking goals. The Placemaking Micro-Grants program will award grants of up to $1,500, available on a competitive basis to city, village, township, and county governments within Charlevoix, Emmet, Manistee, and Missaukee Counties. The grant deadline is September 7, 2012.

“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.”

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 the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments. Additional information on Placemaking is available at the website

For application instructions and more information, please contact Matt McCauley at (231) 929-5000.

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Our Township greatly benefits from Network Northwest's experience, depth of knowledge and understanding. Because they work with so many diverse communities in our ten-county region they understand the local land-use issues and are already working on solutions by the time we realize we need some help.

Susan Odom, Chair, Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission