2019 Working With Lots Grant Program

Detroit Future City’s (DFC) Working with Lots Grant Program aims to accelerate vacant land revitalization in Detroit using the Field Guide to Working with Lots. The grant program encourages community groups, faith-based institutions, non-profits, and businesses to install one of 38 lot designs to address stormwater concerns, activate community spaces and create more attractive neighborhoods. The grant program awarded its first cohort of grantees in 2016, with installations taking place throughout the city of Detroit. Since then, Detroit Future City continues to invest in communities and vacant land transformation through the Working with Lots Program.

Apply for up to $20,000 with the 2019 Working with Lots Program

    2019 RFP    View lot design packets

Detroit Future City (DFC) is pleased to announce a new opportunity that will award grants between $5,000 and $20,000 for the Working with Lots Grant Program. DFC is requesting proposals from businesses, youth development organizations, educational institutions, experienced gardeners, and neighborhood associations to submit a proposal to install one of eight specific Field Guide lot designs.


The eight designs this RFP seeks to fund are the Commercial Curtain, Forest Patcher, Hedge Fund, Holland Maze, Mounds of Fun, Organic Bowl, Perennial Propagator (New) and Storm Soaker (New). To learn more about each design and to identify the lot design for your group, download the design packets located below.


Proposals will be accepted from January 26, 2019 – February 18, 2019.

Sign up for office hours to learn more.

Office hours offer applicants an opportunity to receive feedback and technical assistance on their proposal. An appointment is required to qualify for this grant opportunity. Please sign up using the link on the left. Appointments will last approximately 45 minutes; walk-ins are welcome.


West Detroit: Saturday, January 26th, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Grand River Work Place

19120 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48223


East Detroit: Monday, January 28th, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Ford Resource and Engagement Center – FREC Eastside

15491 Maddelein St. Detroit, MI 48205


Southwest Detroit: Tuesday, January 29th, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Ford Resource and Engagement Center – FREC Mercado

2826 Bagley St. Detroit, MI 48216


Office Hours, by Appointment Only, January 30th – February 15th

Detroit Future City

2990 W. Grand Blvd. Suite 2 Detroit, MI 48202


To make an office hour appointment, call (313) 259-4407 or email swilliams@detroitfuturecity.com with the subject line “WWL 2019 Office Hours.”

Submit a Proposal

To learn more about this opportunity, review the full RFP.

Click on a lot design below to view specific design details and additional RFP questions.

Commercial Curtain

The Commercial Curtain Lot Design features fragrant and flowering trees and shrubs to bring life and color to the edges of a vacant commercial lot.
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Forest Patcher

The Forest Patcher Lot Design is great for existing forested lots, as it creates a beautiful and well-maintained natural amenity in your neighborhood.
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Hedge Fund

The Hedge Fund Lot Design creates organized spaces for growing trees that can later be sold and transplanted to another site.
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Holland Maze

The Holland Maze lot design, a playful adaptation of the tulip fields found in the Netherlands, consists of a series of mounds planted with tulips, lavender, and geraniums.
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Mounds of Fun

The Mounds of Fun Lot Design features three large grassy mounds of varying sizes. This lot design is ideal for a community park or playground.
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Organic Bowl

The Organic Bowl Lot Design is perfect for a group that wants a space for community gatherings, picnics, or a place for children to play, while managing stormwater.
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Perennial Propagator

The Perennial Propagator Lot Design features perennial plants that quickly spread and can be easily divided and shared, creating a regenerative community resource.
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Storm Soaker

The Storm Soaker Lot Design features a high performing rain garden with a lower maintenance planting design. Ideal for small to medium sized non-residential properties seeking DWSD drainage credit.
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