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ArtPlace America: National Creative Placemaking Fund

Deadline: March 2, 2016

ArtPlace America is a nationwide initiative to drive community revitalization through the arts. ArtPlace is a collaboration among the Barr Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, William Penn Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, and two anonymous donors.

The national grants program supports projects across the country. It is designed to invest in creative placemaking projects that involve cross-sector partners committed to strengthening the social, physical, and economic fabric of their communities. Creative placemaking is defined as strengthening the social, physical, and economic fabric of a community through arts and culture. Projects are welcome that:

  • Focus on a neighborhood or other geographic community
  • Seek to work on a community challenge related to agriculture/food; economic development; education/youth; environment/energy; health; housing, immigration; public safety; transportation; or workforce development
  • Incorporate artists, arts organizations, and/or arts activities can help address that challenge
  • Have a way of knowing whether the project has made progress on the challenge it seeks to address

Award: Total: $10,000,000. Awards will range from $50,000-$500,000.

Eligibility: Non-profit organizations, local and tribal governing bodies, individual artists/designers, and for-profit organizations from any community located within the U.S. and U.S. territories.

While the national grants program supports projects across the country, several of ArtPlace’s foundation partners have deep commitments to their local and regional communities and have provided funding specifically to ensure grants are made in communities of all sizes in Alaska, California, and Minnesota; for rural communities throughout Arizona, Iowa, the Upper Peninsula in Michigan, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin; and for the cities of Akron, OH; Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, MA; Charlotte, NC; Detroit, MI; Macon, GA; Miami, FL; Greater Philadelphia, PA; San Jose, CA; and St. Paul, MN. Several funders are also interested in ensuring the participation and representation of folk and traditional arts, Native American arts, and the performing arts. Approximately 50% of funds are designated for these places or disciplines.

Link: http://www.artplaceamerica.org/our-work/national-creative-placemaking-fund/introduction

Note: Webinars will be held on February 2, 6:00 am MST and 10:30 am MST, and on February 3 at 3:00 pm MST. Go to the website to register.

Applicants must register in the online application system by February 16 by 1:59 pm MST to receive a username and password.

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