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Application period is now closed!

The U.S. Economic Development Administration is awarding $1 million to the North Dakota Department of Commerce through EDA’s Statewide Planning program.

Placemaking activities are a multi-faceted approach to planning, designing, and managing public spaces, and these community assets are critical to economic resilience and workforce attraction and retention across the state of North Dakota. Placemaking as an economic development strategy, also called place-based economic development, is the practice of using a community's public amenities to make economic progress.  Architectural designs, Infrastructure planning, implementation and final architectural plans will not be funded with this grant.

The goal in the EDA Placemaking Planning grant is the planning and design necessary to enhance the statewide attraction of businesses, promotion of economic activity, and the retention and attraction of talented workers, thus strengthening the economic resiliency across North Dakota communities as we recover from the economic impacts Covid-19. Community-driven placemaking matters in creating healthy, prosperous communities where people want to live, work, play, and learn. The planning and design efforts that result from this proposal will generate economic benefits and is a complementary strategy to aid workforce development.  

TIMELINE: Application period is now closed. Awards made October 15; projecting plans and funds must be completed by October 1, 2023.

If you have any questions, contact Maria Effertz Hanson or Melinda Padilla Lynch at

Placemaking Planning Grant Fact Sheet

Placemaking Planning Grant Guidelines

Placemaking Planning Grant FAQ's

EDA Public Space Initiative - Placemaking Planning Grant Webinar

Department of Commerce hosted a webinar on July 12th to provide an overview of the EDA Public Space Initiative - Placemaking Planning Grant.  Providing information to communities on ideas and tools for those interested in applying for the grant.  This webinar will also educate you on what is placemaking.


Video Presentation

Grant Resources

Rural America Placemaking Toolkit

Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households

Water and Environmental Programs

Joint Planning Resource Guide