We are looking for ideas that will draw people to Bridgeport’s waterfront and increase the vibrancy of these public spaces. Successful applicants will be selected by the Waterfront Advisory Board.
Awards will be awarded in two suggested categories: 1) $500 and 2) $2,000, depending on project scope, out of a total pool of $7,500.
(1) increase public access to and along the waterfront,(2) create jobs and economic prosperity for residents, (3) repurpose vacant or abandoned properties, (4) encourage water-based recreation and an active waterfront, and (5) boost resiliency to protect against climate change effects.
The Waterfront Advisory Board, a group of interested community members and organizations convened by the City of Bridgeport, grew out of the waterfront master planning process in order to help move this vision forward.
To read the Waterfront Master Plan, especially the chapter on Activation, visit: http://www.bridgeportct.gov/filestorage/341650/341652/346105/342427/20170221_Waterfront_Bridgeport_Plan_combined_report_med.pdf
To see more about the vision for the Bridgeport Waterfront Pathway, visit this Story Map: https://web.tplgis.org/Storymaps/newengland/bridgeportwaterfront/cascadedraft/index.html
Grantees are required to secure matching funds, meaning you will need to raise or identify additional resources (cash or in-kind) in order to receive funding through this challenge. A 1-to-1 ratio of contributed matching cash funds will be most competitive, but in-kind contributions are allowable. In-kind contributions include goods and services, such as: staff and volunteer time (i.e. the hours you/your team spends on planning, developing, implementing, and promoting the project, multiplied by your hourly rates), donated materials and services, and other tangible contributions to the project objectives