Planning & Placemaking Grant Program

This new apartment building in downtown St. Petersburg exhibits several of the Planning & Urban Design Principles of the Countywide Plan.

Forward Pinellas is committed to fostering connected, people-centric neighborhoods and destinations through planning activities that reinforce community identity, livability, and increases public wealth. Efforts to shape the future of a redeveloping Pinellas County are guided by the framework of Pinellas By Design and the Countywide Plan, which seeks to strengthen our districts, centers, and corridors through an approach that emphasizes a holistic planning process.

With this goal in mind, Forward Pinellas has created the Planning & Place-Making Grant as a pilot program to assist local governments in their work to maintain and/or strengthen the character of Pinellas County’s many distinct communities. The program can help local governments by funding activities and initiatives that help to establish or reinforce a sense of place and advance the Planning & Urban Design Principles of the Countywide Plan.

Call For Projects

Forward Pinellas has issued a call for projects to solicit applications for activities that meet the goals discussed above. Click here for the application. The Program Guidelines describe the details of the program and criteria for projects (a brief summary is below). Applications are due via email to rschatman@forwardpinellas.org no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 16, 2017.

Summary of Guidelines

Forward Pinellas is committed to fostering connected, people-centric neighborhoods and destinations through planning activities that reinforce community identity, livability, and increases public wealth. Efforts to shape the future of a redeveloping Pinellas County are guided by the framework of Pinellas By Design and the Countywide Plan, which seeks to strengthen our districts, centers, and corridors through an approach that emphasizes a holistic planning process.

Who Can Apply?

Planning & Place-Making Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Pinellas County local governments are the only eligible recipients of these funds. Non-profit and community-based organizations may be partners with local governments but cannot apply directly for the funds. Grant recipients will be required to execute an interlocal agreement with Forward Pinellas to access the funds.

How Much Funding is Available?

There is $50,000 in Forward Pinellas funds available for this pilot program. Requested grants should be in the range of $25,000 to $50,000 per application. While a local match is strongly encouraged, none is required.

Eligible Activities

Program activities eligible for funding include initiatives that will stimulate needed changes to the built environment in Pinellas County. Forward Pinellas is looking for applications that are innovative, give consideration to the linkage between transportation and land use, contribute to an area’s sense of place, are located in underserved areas (i.e., Community Redevelopment Areas), and/or are part of a community’s broader revitalization and redevelopment efforts or vision.

Activity Centers and Multimodal Corridors

It is strongly encouraged that applications funded by the Planning & Place-Making Grant Pilot Program be located in Activity Centers or along Multimodal Corridors as identified on the Transit-Oriented Land Use Vision Map. A special exception may be made for applications that advance the Planning & Urban Design Principles but are not located in an Activity Center or along a Multimodal Corridor.

How Will Projects Be Evaluated?

The primary goal of the Planning & Place-Making Grant Program is to help local governments codify the strategies that implement the Planning & Urban Design Principles of the Countywide Plan. A detailed list of project evaluation criteria is available in the program guidelines.

Contact

For additional information, please contact Rodney Chatman at 727-464-8214 or rschatman@forwardpinellas.org.