The Great Place Project is a partnership between the Cook County Chamber of Commerce and the Moving Matters project of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic to create more great places in our communities. It is an annual project, awarding mini-grants to local businesses and organizations to use high impact, low cost ideas to make a place great. Mini-grants range from $250 to $1,000. Placemaking comes in many varieties, from public art to seating. To learn more, check out the 2014 projects.
In 2015, the Great Place Project has received 27 applications from across Cook County and Grand Portage. $10,000 in grants were awarded to 13 recipients to help create great places within our communities.
For information about the 2016 Great Place Project, visit the 2016 Great Place Project Page.
2015 Mini-Grant Recipients
Arrowhead Pharmacy: Mural paintings by local artist Betsy Bowen, complemented by seating and landscaping.
Birchbark Books and Gifts: Locally themed mural paintings with hidden books by local artist Tim Young.
Border Designs: Rustic park bench and plantings by walking path in Lutsen.
Cook County Higher Education: Welcoming entrance with plantings, enhanced walking path, and picnic table.
Cook County Historical Society: Gathering place with plantings, seating, and enhanced bike parking at museum.
Grand Portage Wellness Committee: Community Park gathering table and grill in Grand Portage.
Java Moose: Chair seating by the Grand Marais Harbor, at both café locations.
Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery: Log bench seating area with plantings.
Last Chance Studio: Moose sculpture created by local artist Tom Christianson.
Oddz and Endz: Resting spot with benches, tables, and planters using repurposed and recycled materials.
Schroeder Area Historical Society: ADA accessible viewfinder at Taconite Harbor.
Tofte Historical Society: Planters to enhance the plaza at the North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum.
Visit Cook County: Enhancement of Grand Marais Visitor Center common area with benches and planters.
What is a Great Place?
The Great Place Project is a friendly, local competition for mini-grants to use high impact, low cost ideas to create great places in our communities. A great place is inviting, beautiful, and catches the eye. It reflects the unique character and identity of the community. And a great place encourages people to slow down and spend time there. “We know that people will be active where they have pleasant and safe places to do so. The Great Place Project has been an incredible opportunity to invest in community spaces and the health of our community” said Moving Matters Coordinator Kristin DeArruda Wharton.