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Community Development and Assistance

Community Development Assist

Public Spaces & Community Places

  • Invest in Public Spaces & Community Places

    Thriving places help define a community’s economic vitality. From bike trails, to pocket parks, to public sculpture projects, they contribute to a strong quality of life, help attract and retain talent, and grow stronger local economies.

    Do you have a passion to help make a great new public space a reality in your community?

    A new program designed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) in collaboration with the Michigan Municipal League, allows you to do just that – but with maximum results! This reward crowdfunding initiative provides matching grants for crowdfunded public space projects through Patronicity, an online, crowdfunding platform.

    This is the first program of its kind in the country where local residents can be part of the development of transformational projects in their communities and be backed by the State, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000.

    The grant program is available to municipalities with projects that focus on “activation of public spaces and community places,” such as an outdoor plaza or park enhancements and that have established public awareness and local momentum.

    Once a project has been chosen and the funding gap has been identified, the community can apply to MEDC to conduct a crowdfunding campaign of up to $50,000 generated in part by donations from community residents and stakeholders. Funding generated by the campaign will be matched with a grant by MEDC.

    Patronicity is a reward based crowdfunding platform based in Detroit. They enable anybody to make a difference in their community by supporting local businesses, organizations & events, while simultaneously rewarding them for doing so.

    MEDC serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy.

    The Michigan Municipal League is the one clear voice for Michigan communities. Through advocacy at the state and federal level, the League proactively represent municipalities to help them sustain highly livable, desirable, and unique places within the state.

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