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Remember how we told you we’re giving away $40,000 in grants (with up to $10,000 individually) toward projects that make DTLB a safer, more beautiful, more accessible place? And those projects are to come from you via a single application process?

Well, we didn’t expect you to do it all on your own—and that is why we are asking you to drop in.

Literally.

The DLBA will host a drop-in workshop on Tuesday, July 12 from 5:30PM to 7:30PM at The Maker’s Studio at the Long Beach Main Library. Attendees can receive real time assistance with their Placemaking Challenge online application. Laptops will be available on first come first serve basis. You can also bring your laptop and connect to the Library WiFi network. No prior registration is required.

For us at the DLBA, small things add up—and each of the projects that have been either fully or partially funded through our Placemaking Grant Program exemplify that. The Children’s Gateway Garden and in-renovation amphitheater at Cesar Chavez Park, Long Beach’s first ADA-accessible garden. The Welcome to Pine Avenue neon sign, just south of 8th on the west side of Pine. The golden fire hydrants along the street which bears our city’s namesake.

And this year’s we are asking you yet again to #BeInspired. After all, when you bring more people to the streets, especially through ideas that are harnessed to your own neighborhood, you create a better community, a stronger connection, and enhanced activity.

“We really wanted to increase accessibility to possibly score a grant,” said Sean Warner, Placemaking Manager at DLBA. “New to this year’s application process is a streamlined wholly online version of the application, meaning that applicants have only one application that they can save and return to later if need be. Just importantly, we’ve created workshops that we will offer to those who are seeking one-on-one support to strengthen their application or simply have questions about the process.”

Innovative community members and creative neighbors alike can now bring their beautification ideas to fruition by way of the Challenge as application forms are now officially open here and will run through Friday, August 5, 2016 at 5PM.

Successful projects—reviewed and selected by the DLBA’s Pubic Realm Committee—will capitalize on the uniqueness of Downtown Long Beach, improve the aesthetic quality and user experience of public spaces, and enhance the perception of public safety. All applicants that have begun their online application by Friday, July 1, 2016 will be eligible to receive one-on-one support. Additionally, on Wednesday, July 6 at 6PM (location TBD), the DLBA will be hosting an open workshop where attendees can receive real time assistance with their online application. No prior online registration is required.

Applications will then reviewed and selected by the DLBA’s Pubic Realm Committee, which will seek out projects that capitalize on the uniqueness of Downtown Long Beach, improve the aesthetic quality and user experience of public spaces, and/or enhance the perception of public safety.

Location and Parking:

The Main Library is located in the Civic Center, at the corner of Ocean & Pacific in Downtown Long Beach. The Civic Center parking garage is located at Broadway & Chestnut. First 30 minutes free, $1.75 for the next 90 minutes with library validation, $10.00 maximum.

More Information:

If you have additional questions please contact DLBA Placemaking Manager Sean Warner at seanw@dlba.org. Also visit www.downtownlongbeach.org/placemakingchallenge for the latest information.