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Support for Place-Based Organizations


The Boston Foundation invites applications from place-based organizations in the Boston region to enter the inaugural cohort of the Place Leadership Network.


Through a nine-month peer learning and leadership development program, as well as through financial support, the Boston Foundation intends to elevate stewards of public spaces that contribute to creative, culturally vibrant, and equitable communities. 


Creative, culturally vibrant, and equitable public spaces require dedicated stewards. These stewards are as varied as the places under their care: Main Streets, parks conservancies, Cultural Districts, CDCs, and others. These types of organizations have been increasingly responsible for the shape of their neighborhoods. They formulate policy, advocate for city services, animate public spaces, express cultural identity, and, most recently, bulwark communities against the tide of gentrification. Though they differ vastly in mandate and capacity, what unites these "place managers" is their vital role in representing community interest in the design and activation of shared places. 


About the program

The Place Leadership Network will connect and strengthen leaders in the place management field, approaching investment in shared public spaces through the lens of equity and inclusion. For nine months, local place-based leaders will learn from one another, access a network of expertise and resources, and advance transformative projects for their communities. Participants in the program, representing a diverse scale, geography, and constituency of the region, will be compensated for their time. At the conclusion, the Boston Foundation will dedicate a meaningful fund available to program participants to implement programs and projects in their communities.



The application period opens April 19. Applications are due by 6:00 pm EDT on May 20. 


The Boston Foundation and its partners will host information sessions as follows:
(choose session to register)



Who should apply

This program is intended to serve organizations that, as part of their mission, are responsible for the design, activation, and stewardship of shared places. Collectively known as "place managers," these organizations may include CDCs, Cultural Districts, Main Streets, parks conservancies, and others. 


For more information and to apply




F. Philip Barash

Fellow, Design Culture

The Boston Foundation


Post date: Apr 17 2019 - 1:54pm
Deadline: May 20 2019
Program Interest: Community and economic development

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