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Public Space Incubator

Support to re-imagine Toronto’s public spaces

With increasing densities and challenges to creating new public spaces, we need to creatively make the most of every space in our city to contribute to our quality of life. Toronto is seeing a growing interest in innovative ways to inhabit and enliven our public spaces and find new ones.

The Public Space Incubator is looking for people who have bold, creative, and radical ideas for Toronto’s parks, plazas, schoolyards, laneways, streets, and other publicly-accessible open spaces.

By providing access to funding and professional networks, Public Space Incubator will support tangible pilots that test new, innovative ways to bring under-utilized public spaces to life.

With a focus on innovation, partnerships, programming, and scalability, Public Space Incubator will provide ten projects—five in each of 2018 and 2019—with up to $50,000 in funding per project. And, as an incubator, will support successful applicants in implementing projects by connecting them with a network of professionals.

Public Space Incubator is generously funded by Ken and Eti Greenberg and Balsam Foundation and administered by Park People.

Core Principles

  • Innovative: Projects push the boundaries of what’s possible and propose new, creative ways for bring people together in under-utilized urban spaces.
  • Community driven: Projects are rooted in community involvement and building local partnerships to ensure a sustainable, accessible, and inclusive approach.
  • Programmable: Projects are not simply design pieces, but involve programming that ensures spaces are used and lively.
  • Catalytic: Projects maximize the impact of the grant by leveraging additional financial and in-kind support. 
  • Scalable: Projects have the potential to be replicable and scalable beyond a single public space.

Find more information at www.parkpeople.ca/publicspaceinc.

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Due March 29