Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) has launched a call for submissions for the Fall 2019 Gritty to Pretty Placemaking Program. Gritty to Pretty includes three grants: the Open Grant, the Façade Lighting Grant, and the Mural Grant. This is the fourth year of the program, which 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 make Downtown Halifax welcoming to locals and visitors alike.
“This round of submissions will open up more opportunities for different kinds of projects that are more fall and winter focused,” said Paul MacKinnon, Executive Director of DHBC. “It will be interesting what kind of projects applicants will propose to enhance the pedestrian experience and to get people outside to embrace the cold-weather months.”
To be considered for DHBC funding, applicants are asked to submit a completed Open Grant, Façade Lighting Grant, or Mural Grant application form. Additional documents that describe and support funding requests are encouraged. The deadline for applications for all three grants is Friday, October 18, 2019.
The Mural Grant is aimed at qualified artists/muralists and its main purpose is to add colour to the pedestrian experience. The Open Grant is for those who simply have a brilliant idea to make Downtown Halifax even more beautiful and the commitment to get the project done. Applicants for the Open Grant do not have to be urban planners or professional artists to be eligible. The Façade Lighting Grant seeks to improve the architectural street-wall lighting of buildings on main commercial streets in Downtown Halifax.
Completed Open Grant projects from Spring 2019 include public, flower xylophones in Grafton Park and The Curve parametric-style bench in Rogers Square. From the Mural Grant program, the Penny Lane mural in the alley connected to 5222 Blowers Street, at Argyle Street, and the daisy mural at 5189 Prince Street are now complete. Murals at 1583 Hollis and in MetroPark and 1556 Hollis Street are in progress and will be finished this fall.
In 2017, successful Façade Lighting Grant applications included: multi-coloured LED lights in two main entrances, three dormers, and eight windows at 1521 and 1531 Grafton Street and lighting installed around the perimeter of the building and dormers with LED strip lighting at Ferry Boat Lane. Façade lighting at 1717 Barrington Street is in progress and should be completed this year.