A total of 16 programmes have been awarded Think City Grants (TCG) to improve the living environment in Kuala Lumpur and Butterworth, Penang.
Just over RM1mil will be disbursed by Think City Sdn Bhd for these projects. Each grantee will work closely with Think City over the next 12 months to ensure the successful completion.
The programme in Kuala Lumpur is focused on a 1km-radius from Masjid Jamek while the core area in Butterworth covers three linked roads – Jalan Bagan Luar, Jalan Jeti Lama and Jalan Telaga Air.
However, two projects were outside the Kuala Lumpur core area.
Modelled after Think City’s maiden project in 2009, the George Town Grants Programme (GTGP), TCG received more than 60 applications from individuals, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and companies.
Think City is a community-based urban regeneration agency set up by Khazanah Nasional Bhd with its headquarters in Penang with offices in Kuala Lumpur and Butterworth.
Think City carries out joint projects to improve living spaces and public amenities and works on a wide range of projects involving arts, heritage, culture, environment and economic resilience.
“We are happy with the number of applications submitted. We saw a lot of diversity in terms of ideas such as the mapping of bicycle routes as well as projects related to health and food mapping.
“KL applications also focused on celebrating the arts, community development and social inclusion,”
“It is truly inspiring and gives us greater confidence to move forward with the opening of the second cycle of grants applications in July,” said Think City executive director Hamdan Abdul Majeed.
He said there were marked differences between the types of projects applied under the George Town Grants Programme (GTGP) and those in Kuala Lumpur.
“It is interesting to note that in Penang there were greater opportunities to get involved with physical conservation projects.
“In Kuala Lumpur, a majority of the applications focused on community building and the development of sustainable practices. ”
At a briefing for Think City grantees, Low Shao-Lyn revealed The Perennial Kitchen project was aimed at promoting the establishment of food gardens at selected outlets in downtown Kuala Lumpur.
Low, who manages Eats, Shoots and Roots, a social enterprise, added, “We will start by mapping out food outlet locations, followed by a one-to-one consultation on designing a garden system specifically for that outlet, and then keeping track of the results so it can be published”.
One Kuala Lumpur innovation involves the greening of a privately owned compound for public use. Art Printing Works Sdn Bhd will be creating a pocket park in a 70,000sq ft compound.
Art Printing Works chief executive officer Ee Soon Wei said it would be a safe space for young children to cycle, play and have fun.
In Butterworth, there is the restoration of St Mark’s Church in Jalan St Mark which is part of the Province Wellesley Municipal Council’s Butterworth Baru project.
Think City works closely with city administrators, including Kuala Lumpur City Hall in Kuala Lumpur and Seberang Prai Municipal Council for Butterworth.
Malaysians are invited to apply for the second cycle of TCG in July. For details, go to www.thinkcity.com.my/tcgrants