Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) has launched a call for submissions for the Spring 2021 Gritty to Pretty Placemaking Program. This year, Gritty to Pretty includes the Open Grant and Mural Grant. The Façade Lighting Grant is not offered in 2021. This is the sixth 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 help Downtown Halifax encourage civic pride, support local economies, and improve public health – among other benefits.
"We encourage applicants to really use their creativity and think outside the box," said Paul MacKinnon, CEO of DHBC. “The Gritty to Pretty program welcomes large-scale and small-scale projects – especially if they enhance the pedestrian experience for Downtown workers, locals, and visitors throughout the summer."
To be considered for DHBC funding, applicants are asked to submit a completed Open Grant or Mural Grant application form at www.downtownhalifax.ca/grittytopretty. Additional documents that describe and support funding requests are encouraged. The deadline for applications for both grants is Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
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 Mural Grant is aimed at qualified artists/muralists and its main purpose is to add colour to the pedestrian experience.
A NOTE REGARDING COVID-19: For the health, safety, and well-being of staff, members, and the public, DHBC is currently following the directives of the Nova Scotia Health Authority. DHBC asks that Gritty to Pretty grant applicants and recipients follow these directives when researching, creating, or installing Gritty to Pretty placemaking projects to aid in containing and avoiding the spread of the virus.