Gritty to Pretty Placemaking Program

In 2015, Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) introduced a new placemaking grant program, Gritty to Pretty, to award a limited number of grants for placemaking projects located in Downtown Halifax. Gritty to Pretty includes two grants: Open Grant and Mural Grant. In 2022, two new grants have been launched: the Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) Open Grant and the BIPOC Mural Grant. The Facade Lighting Grant was also offered until 2020. These projects contribute to DHBC’s strategic placemaking goals. DHBC’s Placemaking Action Team, comprised of DHBC members, evaluate all capital project opportunities against specific criteria as outlined in the sections within the application forms.

To be considered for DHBC funding, a completed Gritty to Pretty Placemaking Grant application form must be submitted to DHBC. Applicants can provide additional documentation, with their submission, that describes and supports the project and funding request.

Gritty to Pretty Application Forms:

  • To download the Open Grant PDF application form, click HERE.
  • To download the Mural Grant PDF application form, click HERE.
  • To download the BIPOC Open Grant PDF application form, click HERE
  • To download the BIPOC Mural Grant PDF application form, click HERE
  • Note: The Facade Lighting Grant has not been offered since 2021.

To view Gritty to Pretty examples from past years, click HERE.


To view a list of grant recpients, click here.

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