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Corridors of Opportunity Resources, Meetings and Events

Published January 20, 2023 at 12:59 PM EST

Information about resources, meetings and important updates in Charlotte's Corridors of Opportunity.

Charlotte accepting applications for Placemaking Grants, Creative Pool through March 3

Posted January 20, 2023 at 5:52 PM EST

The Charlotte Urban Design Center in the city’s Planning, Design and Development Department will launch application processes for the 2023 Placemaking Grant and Creative Pool on Thursday, Jan. 19, for the third consecutive year. Charlotte residents, organizations and businesses are encouraged to submit applications for consideration.

The 2023 Placemaking Grant and Creative Pool application processes will be open from Jan. 19 through March 3. A total of $125,000 in grant funding is available and award grants will be between $1,000 and $25,000.

The UDC launched the Placemaking Program in 2018 to transform underutilized public spaces into vibrant places for people by using urban design and placemaking. It has also launched and maintained a Local Artist Creative Pool for city-led and community-led placemaking work. The Pool includes creatives with diverse skills who manage, create and implement original compositions. Mediums include fabrication, performance, mixed media, written and spoken word, video/photography and more.

“The City of Charlotte’s Placemaking grants provide support to community members looking to enhance the vibrancy and creative identity of their neighborhood public spaces. We are looking forward to seeing even more community-led, innovative placemaking projects flourish in 2023,” said Interim Planning Director Alyson Craig.

More information about placemaking can be found at the Placemaking Hub, a UDC-managed online resource center for community members looking to complete projects in their neighborhoods. The Placemaking Hub streamlines City processes, promotes community collaboration and accomplishes public space goals for everyone.

Placemaking Grant applicants may apply for a variety of project types.

Placemaking Grant Project Types

  • Wall murals
  • Street murals
  • Painted traffic circles
  • Painted crosswalks
  • Street furniture
  • Signal cabinet wraps
  • Bus stop improvements
  • Pop-up plaza/park
  • Community agriculture initiatives
  • Street parklets
  • Bike parking
  • Playscapes
  • Swings
  • Sidewalk dining
  • Programming and events
  • Green infrastructure

Interested applicants are invited to attend an upcoming Q&A meeting at the Charlotte Urban Design Center’s office at 1507 Camden Road on Thursday, Feb. 2, or attend a virtual meeting on Thursday, Feb. 9.

Charlotte City Council member Victoria Watlington to hold town hall on Jan. 24

Posted January 20, 2023 at 1:02 PM EST

WHAT: Town hall meeting to discuss the 2040 Comp Plan, Corridors of Opportunity, Minority-women-owned small business enterprise goals and resources, CMPD trends and safety, and updates to the Alternatives to Violence program.

WHO: District 3 Council Member Victoria Watlington. 

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 6-8 p.m.

WHERE: CMPD Freedom Division, Community Room, 4150 Wilkinson Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28208.