Placemaking Grant Opportunity: Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community

Funding Opportunities, Tactical Urbanism

Spark on Monument Circle, organized by Big Car Collaborative and the City Market. – photo Tony Valainis, Indianapolis Monthly

Do you have an idea to make Indianapolis an even better city in which to live, work, and play, but need money to make it happen?  Then the Southwest Airline’s Heart of the Community grant may be the missing piece to your placemaking financing puzzle!

Since 2014 Southwest Airlines, in collaboration with Project for Public Spaces, have funded projects in 18 cities throughout the United States under the Heart of the Community grant program. This past year, the Indianapolis City Market and Big Car Collaborative partnered to develop engaging programming and amenities that helps link Monument Circle with the emerging Market East District. The Heart of the Community grant they received in 2016 has helped to fund the second annual Spark festival, where the City of Indianapolis and Big Car explored a variety of Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper pocket parks, public pianos, and community events.

Although this blog is dedicated to helping promote and develop placemaking throughout Indiana, this particular grant opportunity is only available to cities from which Southwest Airlines operates, thus projects in Indy are the only eligible recipients. To apply for a grant (which ranges from $25,000-$200,000) and find out more about project and recipient eligibility, please click here for more information, or email Applications are due by December 5th, 2016 at 4PM ET.


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