A Field Guide

The DFC Implementation Office has developed the Field Guide to Working with Lots that provides a print and web-based interactive tool to help Detroit residents and contractors identify useful options and specifications to transform vacant land into an asset.

The Field Guide was developed over the course of a year by DFC with the support  and  input from community partners and stakeholders. It supports several imperatives in the DFC Strategic Framework by empowering Detroiters with a tool to help create an innovative open space network, green infrastructure, economic development, and better quality of life in Detroit neighborhoods. The Field Guide is funded by the Erb Family Foundation.

Click here for the Field Guide to Working with Lots website.

Click here for the print version of the Field Guide.

Working with Lots: Mini-Grant Program, Year Two

The Field Guide to Working with Lots Mini-Grant program, now in its second year, helps accelerate the revitalization of vacant land in Detroit by using affordable and actionable projects selected from the Field Guide’s 34 lot designs.

The Detroit Future City Implementation Office received more than 30 applications for the Field Guide mini-grant program, and awarded 10 Detroit-based community organizations a share of $65,000 to implement lot designs from the DFC Field Guide to Working with Lots. A maximum of $5,000 of the mini-grant is designated for lot design implementation; the remaining $1,500 is dedicated to the maintenance of the lot, programming, and educational material expenses.

The Working with Lots Mini-Grant winners are receiving technical assistance from two partnering organizations: Keep Growing Detroit, a nonprofit that promotes food sovereignty within the city limits and educates and empowers residents around land use, and ioby, a crowdfunding platform for small-scale community projects.

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.

Click here to learn about the Working with Lots Mini-Grant winners.