Mason County Growth Alliance accepting applications for placemaking grant.

March 12, 2018

Mason County Growth Alliance accepting applications for placemaking grant.

PERE MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP — The Mason County Growth Alliance, with support from the local business community, announced on Monday that it will be accepting proposals for the spring round of funding for the Uncommon Spaces Placemaking Grant Program. The Growth Alliance will award up to $5,000 to support community-driven placemaking projects in Mason County. This grant is intended to support projects which capitalized on Mason County’s assets, inspiration, and potential, contributing to the area’s unique “sense of place” for residents, businesses, and visitors.

Last years’ grant was awarded to the City of Ludington to support the West End Revitalization Project, which will transform the west end of Ludington Avenue into a pedestrian plaza with access to Lake Michigan. Unlike last year, this year’s program will be divided into two funding rounds: one in the spring and one in the fall. Each round will award up to $5,000 to support placemaking projects.

The Uncommon Spaces Placemaking Grant aims to keep creativity, culture, and community ever-present in the public realm, and aims to support community and economic development strategies as outlined by the Mason County Growth Alliance. “Economic development is inherently linked to community development” said Spence Riggs, executive director of the Growth Alliance. “The quality of life and vibrancy of our community directly impacts the ability of our industry to attract and retain talent. We were happy to support Ludington’s West End Project, and look forward to participating in other exciting projects in the years to come.”

The Growth Alliance will be accepting grant proposals through Friday, April 6. The grant is open to all municipalities, businesses, and community organizations in Mason County. For more information on the Uncommon Space Grant Program and how to apply, visit www.ludington.org/announcements or call 231-845-6646.

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