How downtown businesses hope to spruce up the city
Grant program funds artistic and engaging projects to make the city more inviting
Downtown Charlottetown Inc. is hoping a grant program will make the city's streets a bit more beautiful.
The downtown business association started a program called "Gritty to Pretty" last year. It's modelled on other programs in cities around Canada, according to Dawn Alan, executive director of Downtown Charlottetown Inc.
The organization is giving away grants worth up to $750 for artistic and creative projects in the downtown area. It could be anything from setting up a reading nook on the sidewalk or hanging bright umbrellas from an alley.
"Every time we have an opportunity to plant a garden, to revitalize an alley, to bring a new product to the street that invites conversation or an opportunity for people to sit for a bit, we try to take advantage of all that, it just makes our city look better and more inviting," Alan said.
Downtown Charlottetown Inc. has a $3,000 budget for the program, she said, and grants will be on a first-come-first-served basis until the budget is spent. The application period closes at the beginning of June. Applications are available online.
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With files from Stephanie Kelly