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 – FY 2019

Forward Pinellas issued a call for projects to solicit applications for activities that meet the goals discussed above. The Program Guidelines describe the details of the program and criteria for projects (a brief summary is below). Applications are available online and are due via email to rschatman@forwardpinellas.org  by December 21, 2018.

Applications Received

In the pilot program in 2018, $25,000 was awarded to the City of St. Petersburg, and $25,000 was awarded to Pinellas County.

Four applications were received for the pilot program:

  • Pinellas County is requesting $50,000 to develop an Alternative Regulating Plan for Downtown
    Palm Harbor
  • St. Petersburg is requesting $25,000 to develop graphic illustrations of 9 “missing middle”
    housing typologies and another $25,000 to conduct an analysis on current lending practices and
    how they relate to the challenges of financing “missing middle” housing typologies.
  • St. Pete Beach is requesting $37,500 to conduct phase one of the St. Pete Beach Identity Project
    (planning, engineering, fabrication and installation of 3 monument signs at all City entrances)
  • Tarpon Springs is requesting $50,000 to conduct a professional market analysis of the Sponge
    Docks and Community Redevelopment Area Activity Center

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.