The Working with Lots Program has some great projects and new opportunities for Detroiters this year, and we’re excited to share them with you!
Field Guide Winter Newsletter
Happy New Year!
The Working with Lots Program has some great projects and new opportunities for Detroiters this year, and we're excited to share them with you!
Working with Lots Request for Proposals:
For three years, Detroit Future City has provided grant dollars to groups in Detroit through the Working with Lots Grant Program. Funds are provided to groups to install lot designs from the Field Guide to Working with Lots.
In 2019, we are excited to announce a new opportunity for Detroiters to leverage. Recognizing that grantees consistently choose nine popular designs, we are requesting proposals from Detroit groups to implement eight never-before-installed designs that are exciting, colorful, and transformative. Of those eight designs, two are new lot designs that we introduced this year!
Grant awards will range from $5,000 to $20,000 to implement one of the following eight lot designs:
Before your office hour appointment, you should make sure to have the following:
Knowledge of the specific lot design you are submitting a proposal for.
Initial ideas outlined for the proposal responses.
Soil test results (if a test was conducted).
* You must be a non-profit or have a fiduciary before submitting your proposal. * You must own the lot you are looking to install a design on or have written permission from the landowner to do so before submitting your proposal.
Two New Lot Designs!
We’ve just unveiled two new designs, the Perennial Propagator and the Storm Soaker Lot Design.
This lot design is a great fit for anyone looking to build a regenerating neighborhood resource where plants can be divided and shared among a community.
This perennial farm of sorts can grow over time and be used to help beautify a neighborhood.
The Storm Soaker Lot Design is a design born of our experiences with 2018’s Working with Lots Stormwater Credit Track grantees. It is a high-performing, large rain garden that manages stormwater runoff from commercial and other non-residential properties.
The size and details can be modified to suit existing site conditions. The planting design brings beauty to your site while providing stormwater performance and ecological benefits.
The Storm Soaker Lot Design project requires quite a large time commitment as you move through site assessments, contracting, permitting, etc. but the final result and potential DWSD credit will be worth it!
The Workshop Series
DFC is pleased to announce a new opportunity for Detroiters to build their capacity and strengthen their skills. We are hosting a workshop series to support residents and groups interested in growing their knowledge and skill in green projects. We are developing a series of workshops focused on plants, placemaking, and lot maintenance.
All eight workshops are open to the public and run from March 2019 to February 2020!