Placemaking Opportunities

Funding Opportunities, Placemaking Resources

Seems that everyone wants great places and why not? Interactive, well-designed community spaces that are welcoming and engaging for all people. Those are just some of the goals of successful placemaking. Here are some resources that celebrate or help with your potential placemaking projects.

  • Association of Indiana Municipalities (AIM) Annual AwardsPlacemaking (and others, too!)

The Placemaking Award recognizes a project that demonstrates the positive impact of planning, regeneration, urban design or economic development work on the physical quality of a place, as well as the economic and social well-being of a community. Nominations must have a physical aspect.

Follow the link below for more information.

  • Open Scene Creative Placemaking Consultancy

If your community participated in the Indiana Arts Commission’s From The Ground Up creative placemaking workshop, you may be eligible for a consultancy opportunity. This consultancy can help get a community’s art/creative placemaking project no matter what stage it is in.

  • Historic Places Grants

Grant funding supports long-term public programs to interpret historic houses, districts, or neighborhoods, such as interpretive plans, site-specific exhibitions or signage, and living history programs. The deadline for this grant opportunity is August 9, 2017. To explore further, check out the guidelines and other guidance on the Public Humanities Projects page.

  • Kaboom! Playground Grants

Sign up to receive emails about various grant opportunities to fund playgrounds and other play equipment in your community.

  • Creative Placemaking Discussion

The Indianapolis Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) office is hosting a Creative Placemaking discussion on July 11 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at The Platform, 202 E. Market Street, Indianapolis, IN.

The discussion will include a panel of leaders who have been driving the initiative in neighborhoods throughout Indianapolis and Cincinnati. We will also hear from national leaders who will further discuss opportunities and lessons for the role arts and culture play in economic development. Sign up here.

  • Creative Placemaking Summit 3

#Lansingplacemakers are hosting Creative Placemaking Summit 3 on October 11, 2017 in Lansing, MI. Find out about creative placemaking, why you should be doing it, how you can do it, and who is already doing it. Visit their website for more information:



What we’re watching: Small Business Revolution: Wabash

Community Spotlight, Placemaking Globally, What We're Watching


At the beginning of this year, Deluxe Corporation, a leader in check production, financial services, and small business solutions, announced a nationwide call to nominate small towns to receive $500,000 to revitalize their Main Street. By May 3, Deluxe and celebrity entrepreneur Robert Herjavec had selected two communities out of nearly 10,000 nominations as finalists – Silverton, Oregon and our own Wabash, Indiana.

Interesting Reads: Can Vacant Buildings and the Arts Help Save Small Towns?

Interesting Read, Placemaking Globally

Nearly ten years ago, New York native and “arts and cultural evangelist” Zach Mannheimer chose Des Moines, Iowa as his entrepreneurial pet project. Soon after his arrival, he helped rejuvenate the Des Moines Fire Department Headquarters, a 1937 Art Moderne building built with the aid of the Depression-Era Public Works Administration, into the Des Moines Social Club, a non-profit, mixed-use arts hub.