Toolkit/ Herramientas

Toolkit for Projects in Denver’s Public Space

Herramientas (en español)

WHERE DO I START?

Below are some resources to help you identify your community planning and project efforts.  

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 or creative district
    • Business or placed-based organization (non- and for-profit)  
  • Reach out to your district or neighborhood organizations to identify a need or opportunity in the community
  • Contact your Council District office for ideas about organizations in your district and sites suitable for proposals
  • Review the list of Registered Neighborhood Organizations
  • 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

WHEN IDENTIFYING A SITE, CONSIDER:

  • Review available maps of Denver. The Denver Bike Map is one that is a good starting point, as it features many parks, trails and other public spaces. Our Helpful Links section contains many other maps that may be useful.
  • Review the Interactive Map of Property Owners to determine the owner of a space. Remember, projects must be in public space, defined as an area that is free and open to the public, such as an alley, park, plaza or streets.

When identifying a budget, be sure to show projected income and expenses, and identify in which areas the grant funding would be utilized:

  • Example Budget:
    •  Income
      • Grant Request Amount
      •  Additional Funding Sources (crowdfunding, sponsorships, in-kind donations, etc.) 
      • Volunteer Hours (valued at $20/hour)
    • Expenses
      • Managing/planning
      • Supplies 
      • Art/Design Services                             

CONISDERATIONS ABOUT PUBLIC SPACES

Here are some additional considerations to be aware of when creating a proposal, some of which may require additional permitting, design, engineering, approvals or other considerations.  Our P.S. You Are Here committee can help through these implementation and planning needs.

  • Due to the sensitivity of some areas, proposals for certain sites may require additional review (right-of-way, parks, etc.)
  • 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 with the city (specific paint type, color type, street closures, etc.)
  • 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 and irrigation, and to ensure no impacts to tree roots
  • Applicants are responsible for any maintenance required during the project’s display 
  • 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? 
  • Safety first; be sure your projects are designed well and are structurally sound for the duration of display

HELPFUL LINKS

QUESTIONS? CONTACT US

Please contact Denver Arts & Venues staff directly for further assistance or for eligibility questions:
Lisa Gedgaudas
lisa.gedgaudas@denvergov.org
720-865-5560

Brendan Picker
brendan.picker@denvergov.org
720-865-5563

For project-specific inquiries you can also reach members of our committee directly: