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National Endowment for the Arts: Our Town Creative Placemaking Projects

Deadline: September 21, 2015

Through Our Town, the National Endowment for the Arts will provide grants for creative placemaking projects that contribute towards the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Projects should represent the distinct character and quality of their communities, and must reflect the following livability requirements:

  • A vision for enhancing the social and/or economic livability of the community
  • The needs of existing residents and institutions in the community
  • Support for artists, design professionals, and arts organizations that integrate the arts and design into the fabric of civic life and/or community plans
  • Creative approaches to addressing community challenges or priorities

Our Town supports 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 a nonprofit organization 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 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, as defined by these guidelines. 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. 2) Local governments. Local governments are 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 work. This may include housing, transit, community development, environmental, and economic development organizations who wish to engage in creative placemaking activities.

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

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