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CreatINg Places

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) in conjunction with facilitates “CreatINg Places”, a place-based crowdfunding grant program. CreatINg Places employs a donation and reward-based method of crowdfunding called “crowdgranting”. In crowdgranting, citizens actively support projects and activities through web-based donations which, if the fundraising goal is reached within a set time, are matched by a sponsor.

CreatINg Places aims to help generate public involvement in the selection of creative improvements within their own communities, help provide the funding to see the project through completion, and instill community pride when citizens become invested in their surroundings.

Eligible Applicants and Projects

The CreatINg Places program is available to projects located in Indiana communities or neighborhoods which contain a traditional downtown or traditional neighborhood commercial node. Non-profit entities (with 501c3 or 501c4 status) and Local Units of Government are eligible to apply.

Projects may include but are not limited to:

  • Streetscape beautification & walkability
  • Public plaza development/activation
  • Access to public amenities (river walks, pier enhancements, etc.)
  • Farmer’s markets, community kitchens, pop-up retail/incubator spaces (community or non-profit)
  • Park enhancements
  • Bike & pedestrian paths
  • Community theater rehabilitation (community or non-profit)
  • Public wi-fi
  • Place branding (way-finding, place signage, etc.)
  • Event implementation
  • Other projects that activate public space or a community place (decided on a case by case basis)

Grant Dollars

Eligible projects must have a minimum total development cost of $10,000, where the recipient will receive $5,000 in IHCDA matching funds should they successfully raise $5,000 through IHCDA will provide matching grant funds up to $50,000 per project.

Program Guidelines

Click here for more information - updated January 18, 2023


For more information about CreatINg Places, please email Meagan Heber at or Bridget Anderson at