PPS (Project for Public Spaces) is a nonprofit organization that works to protect and create public spaces in urban and rural areas throughout the world.
They’re interested in improving the quality of life of a diversity of people through public markets, open spaces, playgrounds, parks, etc.
In October PPS announced a Request for Proposals for their project, “Diversifying Public Markets and Farmers Markets,” with approximately $1 million in collaborative funding from the Ford Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. You can check out the press release and information for applying for the grant here.
PPS started up in 1975 and for over 20 years has focused on low-income areas. Their projects help to strengthen communities, provide income, and improve the urban environment. Additionally, we all know that parks and urban open spaces are critical to providing much needed oxygen to the urban smog machines.
They also have a very cool website of “Great Public Spaces” with excellent photos of public places throughout the world that help to improve our lives and define our communities.