Better Places Resources


We've prepared this list of resources from local and national placemaking organizations, including the Department of Housing and Community Development and its partners, to give project-specific guidance and to serve as a primer to placemaking and its possibilities for your community. Keep scrolling to find resources on getting started with placemaking, best practices, health and wellness projects, small business-centric advice, street, pop-up, and demonstration projects, winter placemaking, parklets, creative placemaking, and funding resources.

Getting Started

Creative Placemaking Toolkit

Equity Guidance Checklist

Placemaking Toolkit: Guide to community-driven, low-cost public space transformation

Burlington's Quick Build Design + Material Standards

How To Measure Progress Toward Downtown Revitalization and Engaging Public Places

VCRD's Community Leadership in Action Guide

Best Practices in Community-Led Placemaking

Design Toolkit: VT Designated Downtowns and Village Centers

Neighborhoods made by Neighbors: Guide to community-led placemaking

Locally-led neighborhoods: A community-led placemaking manual

Walk Audit Guide

Healthy Places

Urban Agriculture Toolkit

Design for Distancing Ideas Guidebook

The Case for Healthy Places

Small Business

A Friendly Business Guide For Outdoor Expansion Tactics

Safeguarding Small Businesses During the Pandemic: 26 strategies for local leaders

Crowdfunding For Small Business: Strategies and best practices

Streets, Pop-Ups, and Demonstrations

The Pop-Up Placemaking Toolkit

Demonstration Projects in VT State Highway Right of Way

Community-led Demonstration Project Policy + Guide

Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials and Design

Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery

Make your Street a Play Street! A step-by-step toolkit

Navigating Main Streets as Places: A people-first transportation toolkit

Guidelines for Using VT Roadways for Public Gathering, Retail, and Dining Spaces

Culture House "pop-up" Manual


Winter Design Guidelines: Transforming Edmonton into a Great Winter City

Winter Downtown Activation Strategies

Four Season Patio Design Tips

Wintermission Flash Cards


San Francisco Parklet Manual

Reclaiming The Right Of Way: a toolkit for creating and implementing parklets

Rutland's Downtown Parklet Pilot Project Form

Montpelier's Parklet Guidelines + Application

Art and Creativity

Places of Possibility: Public art and placemaking toolkit for rural communities

Asphalt Art Guide: How to Reclaim City Roadways and Public Infrastructure with Art

Creative Placemaking: Sparking Development with Arts and Culture


Equitable Park Funding Hub from City Parks Alliance

Downtown and Village Funding Directory from DHCD

Community Challenge Grants from AARP

Animating Infrastrcuture Grants from Vermont Arts Council

National Endowment for the Arts Grant Program

Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge from the USDA

Municipal Planning Grants from DHCD

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