Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) has launched a call for submissions for the 2018 Gritty to Pretty Beautification Program. Gritty to Pretty includes two grants: the Open Grant and the Façade Lighting Grant. This is the fourth year for the program, which was developed to award a limited number of grants for beautification projects located in Downtown Halifax. These projects contribute to DHBC’s beautification efforts to make Downtown Halifax welcoming to locals and visitors alike.
“These grants are accessible to everyone,” said Paul MacKinnon, Executive Director of DHBC. “You don’t have to be an urban planner or a professional artist to be eligible for the funds. If you have a brilliant idea to make Downtown Halifax even more beautiful and the commitment to get the project done, we can help make it happen financially.”
To be considered for DHBC funding, applicants are asked to submit a completed Open Grant or Façade Lighting Grant application form. Additional documents that describe and support funding request are encouraged. The deadline for applications for both grants is July 6, 2018.
Successful Open Grant applications from 2017 included: painted pianos for public use in three downtown locations; a mural at Halifax Distilling Company; decorative chain-link art; transformation of a garbage can into a flower arrangement; decorative tree lighting; and positive sidewalk messages in special “invisible paint” that appeared when it rained.
DHBC developed the Façade Lighting Grant to award a limited number of grants specifically for exterior façade lighting projects located in Downtown Halifax. This funding grant aims to improve the architectural street-wall lighting of buildings on main commercial streets in the Downtown business district. In 2017, successful Façade Lighting Grant applications included: illumination of Ferry Boat Lane and St. Paul’s Building at 1684 Barrington Street.