The National Creative Placemaking Fund is Accepting Project Proposals!

January 05, 2016
ArtPlace America

We are excited to announce that $10.5 million is available to fund projects that work with artists and arts organizations to help build stronger, healthier communities anywhere in the United States.
Applications will need to be submitted here by Wednesday, March 2, 2016 (and you will need to register no later than Tuesday, February 16, 2016).
We expect a lot of people to apply – last year, we had some 1,300 applications – so the competition will be stiff.  Recognizing that, we have created a simple and focused application that consists of 4 questions, a one-number budget, and some basic identifying information.
All of the information you need may be found here.

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Detroit Becomes First U.S. City To Receive UNESCO “City of Design” Designation

December 15, 2015
Detroit Creative Corridor Center

Detroit joins worldwide network of cities committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion, and cultural vibrancy

After years of hard work supporting Detroit's design industries, DC3 is proud to announce that Detroit is officially a UNESCO City of Design. 

We began this application process back in Spring 2015, where we identified all aspects of what qualifies Detroit to be a City of Design and produced a short video with Emmy award-winning filmmaker, Stephen McGee.

Detroit will be joining 47 cities from 33 countries as new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, comprised of cities that represent a strong legacy in one of seven creative fields, from Gastronomy and Literature to Design.

The fact that Detroit is the first American city to receive this designation is something we are incredibly proud of and has been part of our five-year strategy to tap into the city’s rich legacy and support growth in Detroit’s design industries.

“It’s a testament to Detroit’s legacy, as well as a recognition of our potential and commitment,” says Ellie Schneider, Interim Executive Director at DC3. “There is so much history and there are so many talented, committed people and organizations carrying on that legacy in Detroit today."

Becoming a UNESCO City of Design allows Detroit’s design community to learn and exchange best practices from network cities worldwide; amplifying our existing efforts to build a better city and region through the power of design.

It’s been an amazing month for DC3 and we can’t wait to share what’s in store for 2016. We’re definitely going to celebrate and everyone is invited!

Learn more here.

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League Wins Diamond Award for PlacePlans Work

September 30, 2015
Michigan Municipal League

Michigan Municipal League, MSHDA, Governor Snyder, MSU are Key Partners in Award-Winning Program

LANSING, Michigan — A Michigan Municipal League program that is making transformational changes in Michigan cities won a top award recently in the 2015 Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) Annual Diamond Awards contest.

The League earned the highest honor—a Diamond Award—for its PlacePlans program in the innovative collaboration category for associations with budgets of $1 million and greater. The League also received a Silver Award for its Review magazine in the magazine publishing category.

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MSHDA joins ranks to accelerate Patronicity's crowdfunding initiatives for vibrant communities

September 30, 2015
Michigan State Housing Development Authority

Authority Board approves partnership with MEDC on groundbreaking Public Spaces Community Places program

LANSING, Mich. – MSHDA is teaming up with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to fund new opportunities aimed at building vibrant communities, following the Authority Board’s approval of the collaboration during its regular meeting today.

The Board authorized a $1.5 million Housing Development Fund (HDF) grant to the MEDC for the Public Spaces Community Places Crowdfunding initiative effective October 1. The new, extended partnership is funded through September 30, 2016.

“This is an incredible opportunity to help drive public space projects in local communities while being a catalyst for increased economic activity around the state,” said Elsenheimer. “Working together with MEDC elevates MSHDA’s long history of helping communities create strategic plans for growth, now we will play an active role in seeing those concepts become bricks and mortar.”

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EPA’s Urban Waters Small Grants Program: Request for Proposals is OPEN!

September 25, 2015
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Newsletter

Under this announcement, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants for projects that will advance EPA’s water quality and environmental justice goals. Proposed projects will address urban runoff pollution through diverse partnerships that produce multiple community benefits, with emphasis on underserved communities. Note that proposed project activities must take place entirely within one of the Eligible Geographic Areas, as illustrated on the interactive map provided on the Urban Waters Small Grants mapping website at

EPA’s Urban Waters Program helps local residents and their organizations, particularly those in underserved communities, restore their urban waters in ways that also benefit community and economic revitalization. The total estimated funding available for awards under this competition is approximately $1.6 million.

Visit the Urban Waters Small Grants website to learn more about the program and how to submit a proposal at

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