Gritty To Pretty Placemaking Grant Program

Each Spring (since 2015), DHBC awards a limited number of Gritty to Pretty placemaking grants to artists wanting to put their mark "on" Downtown Halifax.

DHBC's 2023 Gritty to Pretty Placemaking Grant Program has five grant streams:

  1. Open Grant
  2. Mural Grant
  3. Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) Open Grant
  4. BIPOC Mural Grant 
  5. Façade Lighting Grant

All grant applicants are welcome to submit multiple applications, with each project being eligible for up to $10,000.

Artists are asked to apply with a public space in mind; however, for 2023, DHBC has secured two mural walls that have been pre-approved and will be available for two (2) of the grant recipients. More details below.

Click here to read the full press release. 

To be considered for 'Gritty to Pretty' funding, please submit your application, no later than Thursday, June 15, 2023.

The grant recipients are chosen by DHBC's placemaking action team, which is made up of DHBC staff, Board and members, and are evaluated based on the specific criteria outlined in each application form.   

Applicants can provide additional documentation that describes, and supports, the project and funding request.

If you have any questions please email DHBC's Placemaking Manager, Jonathan Goldson at


Gritty to Pretty Application Forms:














Two confirmed mural opportunities for 2023:





To view a list of the 2022 grant recipients, click here. See the completed 2022 placemaking projects below.

To view Gritty to Pretty projects from the past years, take our Self-Guided Art Tour