Gritty to Pretty Placemaking Program Spring 2021

In 2015, Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) introduced a new placemaking grant program, Gritty to Pretty, to award a limited number of grants for placemaking projects located in Downtown Halifax. Gritty to Pretty includes three grants: Open Grant, Façade Lighting Grant, and the new Mural Grant. These projects contribute to DHBC’s strategic placemaking goals. DHBC’s Placemaking Action Team, comprised of DHBC members, evaluate all capital project opportunities against specific criteria as outlined in the sections within the application forms.

To be considered for DHBC funding, a completed Gritty to Pretty Placemaking Grant application form must be submitted to DHBC. Applicants can provide additional documentation, with their submission, that describes and supports the project and funding request.


Complete application proposal and supporting materials due on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, by email to or by mail to Kimberly Dossett, Director of Operations, Downtown Halifax Business Commission, 1546 Barrington Street, Suite 104, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3X7. 

  • Click here for more information and the PDF application form for the Open Grant.
  • Click here for more information and the PDF application form for the Mural Grant.
  • Note: the Façade Lighting Grant will not be offered in 2021.

The Downtown Halifax district is defined as: the geographic area between the waterside of Brunswick Street to the Halifax Waterfront and from the Cogswell Interchange to the south end of Barrington Street.

Take a look at some of the successful grant recipients from the past four years hereCheck out ideas from around the world for some inspiration!

A NOTE ON COVID-19: For the health, safety, and well-being of staff, members, and the public, DHBC is currently following the directives of the Nova Scotia Health Authority. DHBC asks that Gritty to Pretty grant applicants and recipients follow these directives when researching, creating, or installing Gritty to Pretty placemaking projects to aid in containing and avoiding the spread of the virus.

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