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ArtPlace America

Deadline: November 3, 2014

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. ArtPlace America sees its role as providing support for projects that lead through the arts/artists, integrate with a community’s economic development and revitalization strategies, and have the potential to attract additional support. ArtPlace seeks to build a portfolio that is a microcosm of the varied placemaking strategies used across the United States.

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/loi/

Note: Webinars will be held on October 2, 7, and 15. Go to the website to register.

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