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Thriving places help define a community’s economic vitality. From Bike trails, to pocket parks, to public sculpture projects, they contribute to a strong quality of life, help attract and retain talent, and grow stronger local economies.

Do you have a passion to help make a great new public space a reality in your community?

Program details and Application Guide

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The Michigan Economic Development Corporation and have teamed up with Patronicity, a locally-based crowdfunding platform that allows you to do just that. Through Patronicity, communities and non-profits can raise donations to revitalize or create public spaces, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation will match funds raised dollar for dollar, up to $50,000, if they can reach their goal. Crowdfunding is an easy and innovative way for community projects to gain public interest and raise money by being able to leverage donations of all sizes.

This is the first program of its kind in the country, where local residents can be part of the development of transformational projects in their communities and be backed with matching dollars by the State. The grant program is available to municipalities and non-profits for projects that focus on activation of public spaces such as an outdoor plaza or park enhancements and that established public awareness and momentum. Once a project has been chosen, the entity can apply to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation via Patronicity, to conduct a crowdfunding campaign of up to $50,000. All applications to conduct a raise will be made online, via Patronicty.

MEDC serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy.

Patronicity is a Michigan-focused crowdfunding platform that supports building vibrant communities by connecting small businesses, organizations and events with local patrons and sponsors to help them grow, one project at a time.

The Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities.