Public Space Activation program

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Downtown New West BIA proudly launches a brand new placemaking 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 3 to fund and support this year.

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.

Maybe it's a pop up dance party, or an art installation, or a family friendly event - or maybe (hopefully!) it's something we've never even thought of.

Program Goals:


We're looking to fund 3 projects in 2019 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 March 25th 
  2. We'll choose a group of semi finalists by March 29th and ask that group for more detailed plans and budgets due April 12th 
  3. Jury panel to review detailed proposals and pick 3 finalists by April 17th 

Submit your idea here!

Questions about any aspect of this program can be directed towards 

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