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The Detroit Future City (DFC) Implementation Office January E-newsletter

The DFC Field Guide to Working with Lots Mini-grant Program Back for Year Two

The Detroit Future City (DFC) Implementation Office is thrilled to announce its 2017 class of Field Guide Mini-Grant recipients! Ten Detroit-based, community organizations have been awarded a share of $65,000 in mini-grants to implement lot designs from the Field Guide to Working with Lots to help accelerate vacant land revitalization in Detroit. This is the second year of the DFC Field Guide Mini-Grant program. 

In addition to offering funding to help grantees achieve their visions, the DFC Implementation Office is providing technical assistance through a partnership with Keep Growing Detroit, a nonprofit that promotes food sovereignty in Detroit and educates and empowers residents around land use, and ioby, a crowdfunding platform for small-scale community projects.

“The DFC Implementation Office sees the Field Guide’s implementation as an opportunity to bring Detroiters together to build skills and promote equitable land reutilization and neighborhood development,” said Anika Goss-Foster, DFC Implementation Office Executive Director. “This tool provides Detroiters with the instructions and resources to transform vacant land into community assets and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.”

DFC’s Field Guide to Working with Lots, released in October of 2015, offers step-by-step instructions, guidance and resources to transform vacant land into a variety of landscapes. The Field Guide to Working with Lots includes 34 lot designs with comprehensive, easy-to-follow directions available online at www.dfc-lots.com and a complimentary, printed workbook available at the DFC Implementation Office. Both offer recommendations on how to assess your lot and choose the best landscape for your needs, wants, skill level and budget.

“The Southwest Detroit Business Association is going to use the DFC grant to transform a currently vacant lot into an Eco-friendly parking lot,” said Greg Mangan, Real Estate Advocate Southwest Detroit Business Association. “We would like to use this lot as a demonstration to community members and business owners that there is a green way to add parking along the commercial corridors in Southwest Detroit.  Once completed, this lot, with its permeable surface, will help absorb some of the run-off from rainwater that otherwise would go directly into the storm drains causing flooding during heavy periods of rainfall.”

The DFC Implementation Office received more than 30 applications from every corner of the city. Applicants ranged from young block clubs to more established community development organizations. This year’s mini-grant awardees are planning to implement lot designs that will transform vacant land into environmentally-sustainable, outdoor space that creates cleaner, safer and more attractive neighborhoods. A maximum of $5,000 of the mini-grant can be utilized toward lot design implementation; the remaining $1,500 must be dedicated toward the maintenance of the lot, programming, and educational material expenses.

“The O’Hair Park Community Association takes great pride in receiving Detroit Future City’s Working with Lots Mini-Grant to develop a vacant lot in our neighborhood,” said Joyce Daniel, O’Hair Park Community Association Treasurer. “The 8 Mile Rain Garden lot design will help to manage stormwater runoff and will be a model for community members to duplicate as we begin to restore nearly 100 vacant side lots with purpose and beauty.”

The Detroit Future City Implementation Office is funding a diverse range of lot designs across the city. Below is a complete list of the 2017 winners:

Recipient: GenesisHOPE Community Development Corporation
Proposed Field Guide Lot Design: “Ring Around the Garden”  

Recipient: Mack Avenue Community Church Community Development Corporation
Proposed Field Guide Lot Design: “Friendly Fence”

Recipient: Manistique Block Club 200-300 Block
Proposed Field Guide Lot Design: “Forest Patcher”

Recipient: Southwest Detroit Business Association
Proposed Field Guide Lot Design: “Front Parking Partner”

Recipient: Minock Park Block Association
Proposed Field Guide Lot Design: “Ring Around the Garden”

Recipient: O’Hair Park Community Association
Proposed Field Guide Lot Design: “8 Mile Rain Garden”

Recipient: Popps Packing
Proposed Field Guide Lot Design: “Ring Around the Garden,” “Organic Bowl”

Recipient: Wyoming-Kentucky-Indiana-Wisconsin-Ohio Block Club
Proposed Field Guide Lot Design: “Four Seasons”

Recipient: Motor City Grounds Crew
Proposed Field Guide Lot Design: “Urban Edge”

Recipient: Mecca Development Corporation
Proposed Field Guide Lot Design: “Dumping Preventer” 

For more information about the Working with Lots Mini-Grant program and its winners, visit http://detroitfuturecity.com/tools/a-field-guide/. Connect with Detroit Future City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #dfclots.  

The Working with Lots Mini-Grant program is funded by The Kresge Foundation, whose mission is to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grant-making and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development in Detroit.

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Knight Cities Challenge
Two members of the DFC Implementation Office team are finalists for the third annual Knight Cities Challenge! More than 4,500 applicants proposed a wide range of ideas to make 26 communities where Knight invests more vibrant places to live and work. 

Click here for more information.
DFC Career Opportunities 
The DFC Implementation Office is seeking a full-time Sustainable Landscapes Manager to serve as part of the Detroit Revitalization Fellows program.

Apply by the February 10th deadline! For the job description, click here.

Click here to apply!


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