Micro Grant Program

Goals of this program:

• To provide a simple funding source for small- to mid-size creative placemaking projects by and for Marcy-Holmes residents

• To encourage “lots of small, active, visible projects … everywhere” in the neighborhood

What these grants are for:

• Small creative placemaking projects (see criteria) initiated by and carried out entirely by residents, businesses and/or organizations in Marcy-Holmes

• Examples: Pop-up art installations, sign or t-shirt designs, community classes or workshops, creative safety signs, contributions toward artists’ fees for public art or performance, etc.

Unfortunately, funds cannot be used for events. City rules prohibit Neighborhood Revitalization Program dollars to be spent on events, entertainment, or food.

Who can apply:

• Any resident or group of residents in Marcy-Holmes, or any business or organization in Marcy-Holmes

Amount / number of grants:

• Three grants of $1000 for projects taking place in 2020

• Applications review monthly at Creative Placemaking meeting


Projects must meet NRP eligibility requirements. These include:

• The project serves to eliminate blight and promote public safety;

• The project is incorporated into an eligible capital project;

• The project promotes rehabilitation of public property; or

• The project serves to engage residents in neighborhood planning.

Preference will be given to projects that:

• Engage arts (and artists) and culture to celebrate, activate and strengthen the neighborhood’s sense of place

• Build social connections and engage communities in and around the neighborhood

• Are inclusive and participatory

• Highlight one of the neighborhood’s five “character areas” – or encourages connections between them:

- The historic riverfront

- The residential blocks to the east and west of 35W

- Dinkytown

- The 8th/9th St. Industrial Area

• Are clearly and simply described, and are realistic and do-able by the persons or organizations making the application

• Address a theme or challenge as identified by MHNA or the neighborhood’s 2014 City-Approved Master Plan


• Applications due on rolling basis while funds remain available

• March 2: first review of applications; notification of first pool of applicants

• Application must be for projects taking place between March – November 30, 2020

• Applicants may be asked to present at Creative Placemaking committee meeting

• Documentation about project outcome due to Creative Placemaking committee by December 2020

Relationship and Responsibilities:

• Following the awarding of funds, grantees are responsible for making the project happen, publicizing it, documenting it and recognizing MHNA as a funding source

• After project completion, grantees are responsible for submitting a documentation worksheet, which includes: what happened, who and how many people were involved, and the impact of the project in terms of the program’s goals and criteria

• All intellectual property rights stay with the grantees; MHNA has no ownership

• All projects, artists, and participants are not covered by MHNA liability insurance

• Creative Placemaking micro-granting program was inspired by The Awesome Foundation (https://www.awesomefoundation.org)

Application Submission:

• Submit application via this online form!