- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 6, 2017

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit-area trade group has announced grants aimed at revitalizing community gathering spaces.

The Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors says it’s looking to partner with local governments or organizations through a placemaking grant initiative.

Small Improvement Project grants range from $1,000 to $2,500 and are designed for projects that can make a large impact with little funding. Shifting the Paradigm Project grants range from $2,500 to $5,000 and are designed to help transform a neighborhood or community.

Projects must be part of a strategic or community plan and accessible to residents.

Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors Chief Executive Duane Marsh says placemaking “can take any shape, whether it’s building a community garden, pocket park, pedestrian plaza or others.”

The group represents more than 7,200 real estate agents.

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Online: www.gmaronline.com/placemaking

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