Detroit Future City’s Field Guide to Working with Lots Mini-Grant Program

by | Friday, November 10, 2017 | Announcements, Featured

APPLICATION  DUE:

December 4, 2017, 11:59 p.m.  

https://detroitfuturecity.submittable.com/submit

Detroit Future City (DFC) is excited to announce they are embarking on the third Working with Lots Mini-Grant Program, which aims to accelerate vacant land revitalization in Detroit using the Field Guide to Working with Lots.

The program encourages community groups, faith-based institutions, non-profits, and businesses to install one of 35 lot designs to address stormwater concerns, activate community spaces and create more attractive neighborhoods.

This January, DFC will award 10 grants for a combined maximum amount of $95,000. Four applicants will be award up to $6,500 to transform vacant land in their neighborhood. Six applicants will be granted up to $13,000 to implement Field Guide lot designs that improve stormwater management, and qualify for stormwater drainage credits. Funds are allocated for installation, maintenance, programming, and related educational materials. Grantees will receive technical assistance to help them achieve their open space vision.

Community Track Information

Do you have a vision for transforming vacant land in your neighborhood into a community asset? So does Detroit Future City Let’s work together!

The Detroit Future City Implementation Office (DFC) is pleased to announce a new and exciting project funding opportunity. This program will award grants of up to $6,500 to 4 Detroit based applicants in January 2017. Through this grant, DFC encourages implementation of Field Guide designs by bringing community groups together to build their skills and transform their vacant lot(s) into an asset. The Working with Lots Mini-Grant, up to $6500, must be used for implementation, educational programming, and maintenance.

Detroit Future City and the Field Guide to Working with Lots

DFC is committed to advancing the quality of life for all Detroiters. We accomplish this in partnership with residents, public and private stakeholders through evidence-based strategies to promote innovative land use, sustainable infrastructure, and economically vibrant Detroit neighborhoods.

The purpose of the DFC Field Guide to Working with Lots is to connect Detroit residents, community groups, businesses, and institutions to resources – and each other – in order to learn, collaborate, and practice enhanced land stewardship in Detroit. For a copy of the DFC Field Guide to Working with Lots workbook, download it at www.dfc-lots.com or visit the DFC Office, 2990 W. Grand Blvd., Suite #2, Detroit, MI 48202.

Participating Partners:

Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA) is a public authority dedicated to returning Detroit’s vacant, abandoned, and foreclosed property to productive use. DLBA will be helping applicants with land issues related to DLBA-owned properties and assisting interested applicants in becoming a member of the Community Partner program.

Keep Growing Detroit (KGD) offers a number of established programs that promote healthy relationships to food, build capacity of local food and farming community and nurture community connections. KGD will be a technical assistance provider to grantees throughout various aspects of the program.

TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE FIELD GUIDE MINI-GRANT, APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Provide evidence that you own or have written permission from the owner to use the land where you will implement the lot design.  The lot must be located within the city of Detroit.  The ownership process with Detroit Land Bank, or other entities, must be completed before grant is awarded.
  • Be a community-based group that is already working in the area you are proposing to implement a lot design. Groups registered with the Detroit Land Bank as a Community Partner are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Be a 501c-3 or have a fiduciary
  • Submit at least two photos, each from different angles, of the lot where the design will be constructed, in its current condition
  • Submit a detailed budget for your anticipated implementation, maintenance, and educational programming expenses

GRANTEES ARE REQUIRED TO: 

  • Complete construction by June 2018.
  • Use funds for project cost and materials, fiduciary fees, hiring an independent contractor for the installation, or other costs associated with implementing a lot design, including refreshments and/or stipends for volunteers.
  • Document project outcomes, including before-and-after photographs, keep account of expenses, be an ambassador of the Field Guide and this work, and be prepared to share lessons learned.
  • Accept all responsibility for the project and release DFC and its partners from all liability associated with the construction, implementation, and maintenance of the project.
  • Commit to individual technical assistance as well as cohort training’s and convenings.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL:

  • Demonstrate use of the Field Guide to Working with Lots to describe your initial plans (www.dfc-lots.comand the Field Guide Workbook , pages 18 – 33, are required resources)
  • Show how you will connect and engage neighborhood residents around the use of the Field Guide to Working with Lots as a resource for transforming vacant land in the community.
  • Express your interest in shared learning opportunities among grantees and partners.
  • Explain your capacity to execute your Field Guide design and animate it with educational resources and programming
  • Attend Office Hours (not required, but highly recommended)
  • Submit a soil sample to DFC with your application (visit Keep Growing Detroit for information: http://detroitagriculture.net/resources/)

Credit Track Information

Are you a non-residential property owner that is looking to apply for DWSD drainage fee credits? DFC wants you to use the Field Guide to help you succeed — Let’s work together!

Detroit Future City (DFC) is pleased to announce a new and exciting project funding opportunity that will award grants of up to $13,000 to 6 Detroit based applicants in January 2017. Through this grant opportunity DFC encourages implementation of Field Guide designs by bringing non-residential entities together to build their skills and transform the land on their property into a stormwater management model. The Working with Lots Mini-Grant, up to $13,000, must be used for implementation, educational programming, and maintenance. Please note that all Credit Track applicants are required to request a Site Assessment from Detroit Water and Sewage Department (DWSD) and attend their first consultation meeting before submitting an application for the Working with Lots Mini-Grant Program.

Detroit Future City and the Field Guide to Working with Lots

DFC is committed to advancing the quality of life for all Detroiters. We accomplish this in partnership with residents, public and private stakeholders through evidence-based strategies to promote innovative land use, sustainable infrastructure, and economically vibrant Detroit neighborhoods.

The purpose of the DFC Field Guide to Working with Lots is to connect Detroit residents, community groups, businesses, and institutions to resources – and each other – to learn, collaborate, and practice enhanced land stewardship in Detroit. For a copy of the DFC Field Guide to Working with Lots workbook, visit the DFC Implementation Office, 2990 W. Grand Blvd., Suite #2, Detroit, MI 48202 or download it at www.dfc-lots.com.

Participating Partners:

Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA) is a public authority dedicated to returning Detroit’s vacant, abandoned, and foreclosed property to productive use. DLBA will be helping applicants with land issues related to DLBA-owned properties and assisting interested applicants in becoming a member of the Community Partner program.

Detroit Water and Sewage Department (DWSD) is a public authority committed to leading the nation in stormwater management best practices. DWSD will be a constant resource to both applicants and grantees as they work through site assessment processes and procedures.

TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE FIELD GUIDE MINI-GRANT, APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be a business, faith-based institution, or non-profit that owns your building and the land you are planning to implement a Field Guide project on. The lot must be located within the city of Detroit.  The ownership process with Detroit Land Bank, or other entities, must be completed before grant is awarded.
  • Be a community-based group that is already working in the area you are proposing to implement a lot design. Groups registered with the Detroit Land Bank as a Community Partner are highly encouraged to apply
  • Be a 501c-3 or have a fiduciary. Fiduciary examples may include working with your local business association or community development organization.
  • Submit at least two photos, each from different angles, of the lot where the design will be constructed, in its current condition
  • Submit a detailed budget for your anticipated implementation, maintenance, and educational programming expenses
  • Have space on your property that can capture stormwater
  • Have knowledge/understanding of or be willing to navigate city departments and city processes (i.e. Permitting, contractors, zoning, etc.)
  • Have knowledge and experience managing and working with contractors
  • Attend DFC Office Hours. Office hour times and locations are listed below.

GRANTEES ARE REQUIRED TO: 

  • Complete construction by September 2018.
  • Use funds for project cost and materials, fiduciary fees, hiring an independent contractor for the installation, or other costs associated with implementing a lot design, including refreshments and/or stipends for volunteers.
  • Document project outcomes, including before-and-after photographs, keep account of expenses, and be prepared to share lessons learned with your cohort and others in the community.
  • Accept all responsibility for the project and release DFC and its partners from all liability associated with the construction, implementation, and maintenance of the project.
  • Commit to individual technical assistance as well as cohort trainings and convenings.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL:

 

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