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National Endowment for the Arts: Our Town Creative Placemaking Projects

Deadline: September 18, 2017

The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places – achieving these community goals through strategies that incorporate arts, culture, and/or design. Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work – placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place.

Our Town requires partnerships between arts organizations and government, other nonprofit organizations, and private entities to achieve livability goals for communities. Our Town offers support for projects in two areas:

  • Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects: These projects represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. These projects require a partnership between nonprofit organizations and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization.
  • Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking: These projects are available to arts and design service organizations, and industry, policy, or university organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work.

Amount: Varies by project type:

  • Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects: Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000
  • Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking: Matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000

Grants require a non-federal match of at least 1 to 1.

Eligibility: Varies by project type:

  • Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects: All applications require partnerships that involve at least two primary partners: a nonprofit organization and a local governmental entity. One of the two primary partners must be a cultural (arts or design) organization. One of the two primary partners must act as the official applicant (lead applicant). Eligible lead applicants are: 1) Nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) U.S. organizations with a documented three-year history of programming; and 2) Local governments, defined as counties, parishes, cities, towns, villages, or federally recognized tribal governments. Local arts agencies or other departments, agencies, or entities within an eligible local government may submit the application on behalf of that local government.
  • Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking: Organizations that may apply include: 1) Arts and design organizations that provide services to the field; 2) National and regional place-based industry or university-based organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based economic and/or community development work, including housing, transportation, public safety, public health, and economic development organizations who wish to engage in creative placemaking activities. Applicants must have a three-year history of programming and meet the NEA’s legal requirements, which include nonprofit, tax exempt status. See more legal requirement details.

Link: https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/introduction

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