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Placemaking Grant Pilot Program funds thirteen community projects

HAMILTON, ON – Hamilton’s Placemaking Grant Pilot Program has awarded funding to thirteen community-led placemaking projects that will animate public spaces across the City.

Projects funded by the Placemaking Grant Pilot Program include a Children’s Garden in Gage Park, an art installation in Woodlands Park, a mini marsh in Bayfront Park and seed libraries in Dundas. Three of the thirteen projects; a portrait series in Hamilton Amateur Athletic Association (HAAA) Park, a pollinator garden and seating area in Scenic Woods Park and sidewalk games in Powell Park, were installed in June and July of 2021.

The Placemaking Grant Pilot Program is made possible through a $100,000 donation from the Patrick J. McNally Charitable Foundation. Applications were accepted from groups of residents and non-profit organizations. A second opportunity to apply for funding will be available this fall for projects taking place in 2022.

“On behalf of the City of Hamilton, I want to thank the Patrick J McNally Charitable Foundation for their generous donation in support of the Placemaking Grant Pilot Program. I look forward to seeing the thirteen placemaking projects come to life as they help animate public spaces throughout our community.” - Mayor Fred Eisenberger

“The timing could not be better to support these community-led placemaking projects as we return to public spaces. The community proposed some creative, site-specific projects and I look forward to seeing them appear throughout the city over the next year.” - Jason Thorne, General Manager, Planning and Economic Development

“We are so grateful for the generous grant for our project - it's so much more than just a garden. Working on this during the pandemic gave us kids purpose and hope during a really tough time. It means that The Children's Garden is really going to happen now and so many kids and families can share in the joy.” - Anaïs Cho, one of the founders and the youth spokesperson for The Children's Garden

Quick facts

  • Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces and interacts with the unique geography, culture, and heritage of a space.
  • All placemaking projects are temporary as a way to experiment with new ideas and activities in public spaces. Projects will be in place from a few months up to three years.
  • Applications for the 2022 Placemaking Grant Pilot Program will be accepted beginning Friday, September 24, 2021 until Friday, December 10, 2021.

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