MEDC believes thriving places help define a community’s economic vitality. From bike trails, to pocket parks, to public sculpture projects, they contribute to a strong quality of life, help attract and retain talent, and grow stronger local economies.
Public Spaces Community Places (PSCP) is the first program of its kind in the country where local residents can be part of the development of transformational projects in their communities and be backed by the State, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000.
The grant program is available to municipalities with projects that focus on “activation of public spaces and community places,” such as an outdoor plaza or park enhancements and that have established public awareness and local momentum.
Once a project has been chosen and the funding gap has been identified, the community can apply to MEDC to conduct a crowdfunding campaign of up to $50,000 generated in part by donations from community residents and stakeholders. Funding generated by the campaign will be matched with a grant by MEDC.
The campaign is run through MEDC's partner, Patronicity, a reward-based crowdfunding platform based in Detroit. They enable anybody to make a difference in their community by supporting local businesses, organizations & events through donations, while simultaneously rewarding them for doing so.
The program also partners with the Michigan Municipal League, the one clear voice for Michigan communities. Through advocacy at the state and federal level, the League proactively represent municipalities to help them sustain highly livable, desirable, and unique places within the state.