Our Town Grants, Deadline Jan. 14

National Endowment for the Arts

The Arts Endowment’s support of a project may start on or after September 1, 2013. Art works to improve the lives of America’s citizens in many ways. Communities across our nation are leveraging the arts and engaging design to make their communities more livable with enhanced quality of life, increased creative activity, a distinct sense of place, and vibrant local economies that together capitalize on their existing assets. The NEA defines these efforts as the process of Creative Placemaking: “In creative placemaking, partners from public, private, nonprofit, and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, tribe, city, or region around arts and cultural activities. Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired.” Ann Markusen, Markusen Economic Research Services Anne Gadwa Nicodemus, Metris Arts Consulting From Creative Placemaking.
    Eligible Applicants

  •     State governments
  •     County governments
  •     City or township governments
  •     Special district governments
  •     Independent school districts
  •     Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  •     Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  •     Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  •     Private institutions of higher education

All applications must have partnerships that involve 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. Additional partners are encouraged. One of the two primary partners must act as the official applicant (lead applicant). This lead applicant must meet the eligibility requirements, submit the application, and assume full responsibility for the grant.

Award Ceiling:     $200,000
Award Floor:     $25,000

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Our Town Grants, Deadline Jan. 14

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