2022 GRITTY TO PRETTY PLACEMAKING GRANT: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

June 06/22
2022 GRITTY TO PRETTY PLACEMAKING GRANT: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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2022 GRITTY TO PRETTY PLACEMAKING GRANT:  CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
DHBC announces new grant streams for BIPOC artists

May 17, 2022 – Halifax, NS - Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) has launched a call for submissions for the Spring 2022 Gritty to Pretty Placemaking Program. This year, Gritty to Pretty includes four streams: the Open Grant, Mural Grant, and the new Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Colour (BIPOC) Open Grant and BIPOC Mural Grant.

“We’re excited to launch the two grants created for BIPOC artists,” says Paul MacKinnon, CEO of DHBC. “We wanted to support BIPOC artists who continue to face obstacles that prevent their work and talent from being recognized to its fullest extent. Applicants to all four Grants are encouraged to dig deep into their creativity and help us further enrich the Downtown experience for visitors and locals alike.”

The Open Grant provides artist and designers support towards the costs involved to beautify Downtown Halifax and provide aesthetic, artistic, and/or interactive benefits to the area. Similarly, the Mural Grant offers support towards costs in creating and delivering new inspiring installations in Downtown locations.

The BIPOC Open and Mural Grants provide financial support to BIPOC artists and art collectives, as well as BIPOC-led, BIPOC-focused and BIPOC-serving organizations to enhance Downtown Halifax’s streetscape.

The Gritty to Pretty Placemaking Program, launched in 2015, was developed to award a limited number of grants for placemaking projects located in Downtown Halifax. These projects contribute to DHBC’s placemaking efforts to help Downtown Halifax encourage civic pride, support local economies, and improve public health – among other benefits.

To be considered for DHBC funding, applicants are asked to submit a completed application form for one of the grants at www.downtownhalifax.ca/grittytopretty. Additional documents that describe and support funding requests are encouraged. The deadline for applications for all grants is Monday, June 13, 2022.

Land Acknowledgement:
Downtown Halifax Business Commission acknowledges that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.

About Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC):
Downtown Halifax Business Commission represents over 1,600 businesses located in the central business district of Halifax, Nova Scotia. DHBC’s mission is to passionately pursue a more prosperous and vibrant Downtown Halifax, through: good development, Downtown mobility, membership services, DHBC leadership, and Downtown placemaking. For more information, visit www.downtownhalifax.ca.

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For more information:

Raf Peligro
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Downtown Halifax Business Commission
raf@downtownhalifax.ca
902-423-2179