Public Space Activation program

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Downtown New West BIA proudly launches our 2nd annual placemaking grant program to inspire our community in activating local public spaces!

In partnership with the City of New Westminster, we invite individuals, businesses and not for profits to submit your proposals for unique and innovative activations in Downtown New West public spaces. We'll pick 5 to fund and support this year. 

See the 2019 winning submissions here!

We’re looking to you to come up with creative ways to activate public spaces, get people outside, foster social connections, build community, and make the Downtown more fun and inclusive.

Program Goals:


We're looking to fund 5 projects in 2020 for up to $3,500 each. This funding would go towards your costs of producing the activation, and could include materials, artist fees, insurance, marketing, equipment rental, and supplies. The funding is not eligible to cover charitable donations or liquor purchases. 

The Downtown New West BIA will also provide promotional support, and guidance in acquiring necessary permits with the City of New Westminster.  


DTNW boundaries map 2019

Bonus points for:


  1. Submit your idea using the link below by midnight on March 1st.
  2. We'll choose a group of semi finalists by March 9th and ask that group for more detailed plans and budgets due March 31st. 
  3. The semi finalists will present to our jury panel who will review detailed proposals, and choose the 5 finalists.

Submit your idea here!

Questions about any aspect of this program can be directed to 

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