2017 Detroit Future City Field Guide to Working with Lots Mini-Grant Winners Announced

The Detroit Future City (DFC) Implementation Office has selected 10 Detroit-based community organizations that exemplify the ability to transform open space from vacant land into green infrastructure to receive a share of $65,000 in mini-grants to implement lot designs from the DFC Field Guide to Working with Lots.

Out of more than 30 applicants, 10 were selected to receive a share of $65,000 in mini-grants. 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 Working with Lots Mini-Grant program is in its second year and aims to accelerate vacant land revitalization in Detroit through offering grants to help implement affordable and actionable projects from the DFC Field Guide’s 34 lot designs.

The DFC Implementation Office developed the Field Guide to Working with Lots Mini-Grant program to advance the application of the Field Guide by inviting Detroit community groups, residents, and businesses to implement land stewardship activities in Detroit’s neighborhoods.

The Field Guide to Working with Lots offers easy-to-use, step-by-step instructions, guidance and resources to transform vacant land into a variety of landscapes. The Field Guide to Working with Lots is available online at www.dfc-lots.com. A complimentary, printed workbook is 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.

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”

Click here to learn more about a few of the winners.