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Placemaking Network: Making it Happen—Resources for Community-Based Placemaking (Virtual)


Image Credit: Projects for Public Spaces

  • COST

    Free and open to the public.

  • TYPE

    Knowledge Community



Event Description

The Placemaking Network is hosting an exciting discussion featuring two leaders from organizations involved in the generative process of Placemaking around the country, the Project for Public Spaces and Patronicity.

Project for Public Spaces works on bringing public spaces to life by planning and designing them with local communities to create community-powered public spaces around the world. PPS’ Community Placemaking Grants enable US-based nonprofits and government agencies to address the inequality of access by working directly with local stakeholders to transform public spaces or co-create new ones by providing direct funding, technical assistance, and capacity building facilitated by Project for Public Spaces.


Elena Madison | Director of Projects, Project for Public Spaces
Ebrahim Varachia | President & Co-Founder, Patronicity

Patronicity empowers local placemaking projects through crowdfunding, access to matching grants and hands-on project coaching. This civic crowdfunding helps to build vibrant communities, connecting changemakers with funding partners to support community-led projects. Originated in Detroit, the organization began with the idea that crowdfunding could be used to help source funds for community improvement projects. The founders then had the idea that would differentiate Patronicity from other crowdfunding platforms: the matching grant, which they call "crowdgranting."