Toolkit

Toolkit for Projects in Denver’s Public Space

P.S. You Are Here is a pilot program designed to inspire innovative ideas by community members who themselves would be impacted by the projects. We encourage place-based, grassroots involvement from residents, artists, neighborhood associations, non- and for-profit organizations and businesses to claim, initiate, collaborate and drive the creation of temporary, authentic demonstrations and activation of outdoor public spaces. These short-term, low-cost and scalable projects are intended to transform underutilized urban spaces, increase collaboration, honor heritage, build civic engagement, beautify neighborhoods, enrich communities and inspire long-term change.

WHERE DO I START?
Review the P.S. You Are Here guidelines to determine if your idea fits into the goals, objectives and requirements of the program including:

  • The primary applicant must be a place-based group, such as a registered neighborhood organization(RNO), neighborhood-based group, business improvement district, art and creative district, ad-hoc group, and/or business or organization (non- and for-profit)
  • Projects must be located in outdoor public space within the City and County of Denver and be consistent with city policies and adopted neighborhood plans 
  • Projects must be on display for a suggested minimum of 3 months up to 1 year
  • Projects must be free and open to all members of the public
  • Grant recipients must match the grant award 1:1 with cash, donated goods and services, and/or volunteer hours (valued at $20 per hour)

Identify a site

Identify Project Partners

  • To be eligible, applicants must partner with a place-based organization, such as a:
    • Registered Neighborhood Association (RNO) or neighborhood-based group
    • Business Improvement District, Business Association or Chamber of Commerce
    • Maintenance district
    • Art district
    • Friends of Parks
    • Business or placed-based organizations (non- and for-profit)
  • Individual artists and non-place-based organizations or businesses are eligible if working with or endorsed by a geographically based group such as those listed above
  • Review the list of Registered Neighborhood Organizations and the additional Helpful Links below
  • Approach local businesses, organizations, and entrepreneurs to develop a collaborative, community-driven project
  • Encourage participation among long-time residents, and neighbors
  • Consider community dynamics and local history in your area
  • Raise awareness by notifying other groups in your neighborhood about your project

Identify a Budget

Example Budget:
    Grant Request Amount             $X
    Additional Funding Source #1    $X
    Additional Funding Source #2    $X
    Supplies                                  $X or in-kind value
    Volunteer Hours (2 volunteers)   $X or in-kind value
    Art Services                             $X or in-kind value
    Designer/Fabricator                  $X or in-kind value
    Total Budget                          $X

CONSIDERATIONS ABOUT PUBLIC SPACES

Here are some example considerations to be aware of when creating a proposal. Projects not covered here may also require additional design, engineering and other considerations.  

  • Due to the sensitivity of some areas, proposals for certain sites may require additional review
  • Parking space/parklet projects may be challenging due to street cleaning occurring April through November
  • Street painting projects proposed for functional streets may require a thorough review process
  • Archway lights (such as those found in Larimer Square) require engineered design and review to withstand wind shear
  • Projects in alleys will need to ensure adequate space for garbage and recycling pickup
  • Due to time required and difficulty in coordination, it is recommended to avoid proposals involving utilities and rail lines
  • Any proposal at an intersection will have to be mindful of sightlines and not blocking clear visibility for pedestrians & vehicles
  • Any structures located in Denver parks may require full-plan review to ensure proper site restoration with seed/sod, irrigation, and to ensure no impacts to tree roots. Contact David Marquardt with questions. 
  • Applicants are responsible for any maintenance required during project’s display. This includes removing any graffiti and/or vandalism should it occur.
  • Consider what happens at the end of the project. How will the project be de-installed? Will it be adopted by your group or some other organization? Who will maintain the project? 
     

Helpful Links:

Questions? Contact Us

Please contact us directly for further assistance or to eligibility questions:

For project specific inquiries: