The Before and After

The National Association REALTORS® encourages our state and local REALTOR® Associations to partner with others to make their communities better places to live and work.   Our Placemaking Micro-grant is available to our REALTOR® Associations to help fund local placemaking projects.

Since the launch of the Placemaking Micro-grant in January 2014, we have approved over $200,000 in funding for over 100 community placemaking projects.   As part of the grant requirements, we ask for a before photo of the current space and a photo of the same space after the project has been completed to show how a space could be transformed into a gathering place for the community.

We are now starting to receive some of the “after” photos which we would like to share with you.   Note that some of these are still works in progress as spring was late in coming and the April showers have yet to bring the May flowers.

In addition, here is some feedback on our Placemaking Micro-grant from our REALTOR® associations who have received the grant.

  • I think NAR’s Placemaking Grant was one of the most fun grants we’ve ever gotten because it allowed us to be creative, artistic, and partner with the artists in our community which is something we don’t normally do with other grants.”  Connie Legris, Executive Officer, Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford Association of REALTORS®
  • “It truly was a wonderful experience and if this first project is an example of what to expect from these grants, we will certainly be doing many more.” Colleen Pappas, Executive Vice President, WRAR
  • “This was a great project that brought together REALTORS®, builders, and contractors. The project made a huge difference for the Community Gardens and was greatly appreciated.  Thank you for believing in this project!” Jennifer Roche, Governmental Affairs Director, Knoxville Area Association of REALTORS®
  • “MOR’s donation to the playground boosted my sense of pride in the project even more. I’ve taken my family there already and my kids absolutely loved it.” Missoula Organization of REALTORS®, President Brint Wahlberg.

REALTOR® Associations Placemaking projects:

Kankakee Iroquois Ford Association of REALTORS® (IL).  “The Art of Sitting”.   Built and painted benches for a farmer’s market.

Greenwood Association of REALTORS® (SC).  REALTOR® Trail.   New walking trail in a 54-acre park.

Merrymeeting Board of REALTORS® (ME). Outdoor Community Garden & Reading Room.  Outdoor gathering place next to the newly built community library.

Missoula Organization of REALTORS®.  Silver Summit: A Playground for Everyone. Playground designed for children with and without disabilities.

 Caldwell Board of REALTORS® (ID).  Caldwell Veterans Garden.  Pavilion as part of a community garden/sanctuary.

Coeur D’Alene Association of REALTORS® (ID). REALTOR® Playground.  A playground for everyone.

Greater Pocatello Association of REALTORS® (ID). NeighborWorks® Pavilion at Caldwell Park.  Picnic tables for the pavilion.

Wilmington Regional Association of REALTORS® (NC).  Community Garden.  Launch of a project to create a sustainable model for creating community gardens in the Wilmington-area.

If you have an unused, underused, unwelcoming space in your community, maybe it’s time to transform it into a more welcoming place for the community to gather.