City of Hamilton accepting applications for 2022-23 placemaking grant program


Published September 27, 2021 at 12:36 pm

Hamilton has plenty of nooks and crannies to explore but for those with an idea to create even more of those unique spaces, applications are now open to apply for one of the city’s placemaking grants.

Late last week, the City of Hamilton announced that they would be accepting applications for 2022-23 community-led projects that reimagine and reanimate spaces that have been underused during the course of the pandemic.

This is the second of two rounds of grant funding administered through the Placemaking Grant Pilot Program.

This past year, 13 projects were funded through the program. They include a Children’s Garden in Gage Park, an art installation in Woodlands Park, a mini marsh in Bayfront Park and seed libraries in Dundas, among others.

“Projects funded through this round of the Placemaking Grant Pilot Program are expected to start in the summer of 2022 through 2023 and will help to enliven our public spaces as we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” a City press release said.

Placemaking, which is traditionally temporary in nature, challenges community residents or organizations to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces and interacts with the unique geography, culture, and heritage of a space.

The City of Hamilton’s $100,000 Placemaking Grant Pilot Program was made possible through a donation from the Patrick J. McNally Charitable Foundation — the same organization that helped save Hamilton’s bike-share service with another $100,000 donation in the spring of 2020.

Applications for funding are due by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 10, 2021, and applicants can apply for funding at two levels:

Category 1 – Up to $2,000 per project. Projects are temporary (ranging from a few days up to one year) and may include a physical change to the place (signage, sculpture, garden planters, etc.) or may reimagine a space through repeated action (performances, gatherings, etc.).

Category 2 – $5,000 to $20,000. Projects are temporary (ranging from a few days up to three years) and will include a physical change to the place (seating, sculpture, etc.).

Approximately 11-12 grants will be awarded in this round of program: 10 grants in Category 1 and one to two grants in Category 2.

More information about the program can be found on the City’s website.