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Transition Whatcom 2012 Transition Design Grants Activities

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Transition Whatcom 2012 Transition Design Grants Activities

Time: March 10, 2012 at 1pm to May 26, 2012 at 7pm
Location: Whatcom County
Event Type: 2012, transition, design, grants
Organized By: warren miller
Latest Activity: Mar 26, 2012

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The 2012 Transition Design Grants project has three main events.

The Tour, on March 10th provides a directed bike/walking tour of several Bellingham grassroots resilience and community building projects. These site visits will include a 3-Minute Design process review as a way to generate ideas for grant submissions.

The Design Review Session, starting March 15th and going thru April 22nd, provides a forum for feedback and suggestions to help develop and refine grant proposals. Individuals, teams and neighborhood groups are all welcome to participate.

The Awards will be announced on April 29th and project building is targeted for the week of May 26th.

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Comment by warren miller on March 26, 2012 at 5:10pm


The TW Grants are currently limited to $350, but that might be useful as a 'seed' to obtain other donations.

I like the idea of a "Mall" that could be used for cooperative and transition oriented activities. I believe a physical location is a much better way to build community vs. online implementations.

Maybe you could bring this idea to the Re-Skilling/Barter faire event we are planning. Visit the discussion group at 

and get involved with the planning sessions going on now if you want to see if that's a possibility.

Comment by james bauckman on March 26, 2012 at 12:09pm

So I have a series of projects that I want to create in our community, all are projects around transition and community resilience and want to know more about this. $350 will really do very little to get most of these projects off the ground and was wondering if there are any larger scale funding opportunities for larger scale projects. The first project of many I would like to propose is a partnership with the alternative library and the many talented artisans and craftspeople in our community. It would be a local "Mall" and trade/rental/barter cooperative. Basically, my vision is the other half of the public market divided into 10x10, 20x20, etc sized units where people can set up stalls, booths, shops, etc to sell their goods and services. Another larger section would house things people are renting, bartering selling to the community. I believe the time has come for people to own less stuff and instead, have a local rental/lending cooperative to rent/trade for a lawn mower, weed wacker, power tools, instruments, etc. Lastly, If space is still leftover, we could house the books for prisoners program so they can provide book requests to prisoners in the space as well. I would love to team up with a large number of locally minded, transition folks to get something like this off the ground. Maybe a partnership with Whatcom Investors Network as well.  Call me if interested. James Bauckman. 360-201-5022. I am not looking to run the thing, by the way, I just want to help get it going. Im to busy to run/manage/own this project. I just think its time for it to exist in Bellingham.

Comment by warren miller on March 5, 2012 at 11:59am

The proposal form is now available. Just email me at and I will send you the proposal form via email.

Comment by warren miller on March 2, 2012 at 6:26pm

Look for the proposal outline document to be available this weekend. Also- make sure you sign-up for the Bike Tour to get ideas on how to create a compelling project! 

Comment by Twog on February 19, 2012 at 3:13pm

Hello There,

The goal here is to empower local groups with a process and some support for small scale projects.  These projects could include starting a community potato patch with abunch of neighbors, planting fruit or nut trees in an unused alleyway, building a small outdoor kitchen for use by TW members, interested in canning etc.  

The applications  for the grants will be available online.  The ongoing review process will be a helpful way for folks to understand the types of projects we are looking for.  The more clearly a submittal explains its intentions, budget, managment plan and benefits for the community, the easier it is for us to support it.

There are 3 grants available to anybody who applies.  Exisiting Non-Profits applied last year as well as individuals and community based teams.  The field is wide open.  Let us know if you have any other questions and we are looking forward to seeing what Whatcom comes up with.

Be Well.

Comment by Lady Hamster on February 18, 2012 at 2:14pm

Can you explain to me a little more about the grants? 
Where would the applications for the grants be available? 
Are these available to anyone or just a specific type of organization (Non profit group, historical site, registered organic farm etc.?)

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