Agency: National Endowment for the Arts; Program: FY 2018 Our Town (CFDA Number: 45.024) (Funding Opportunity Number: 2017NEA01OT); Eligibility: State and local governments, public and private colleges and universities and nonprofits; Funding: Applicants can request a grant amount at one of the following levels: $25,000, $50,000, $75,000, $100,000; $150,000 or $200,000); Deadline: Sept.11.
Summary: This is federal government’s leading source of funding for creative placemaking projects. Creative placemaking believes excellent art is an essential part of building a strong community, as important as land-use, transportation, education, housing, infrastructure and public safety. In these types of projects, artists and community development organizations work together to make places 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.
Our Town aids these projects that enhance livability of the nation’s communities by transforming them into lively, beautiful and resilient places with the arts at their core. In the last funding round, Our Town offered support for projects in two areas: (1) arts engagement, cultural planning and design projects that represent the distinct character and quality of their communities; and (2) projects that build knowledge about creative placemaking. Potential applicants can get a jump start on the FY 2017 process by using the solicitation for the previous competition.
The current solicitation will fund projects in two areas: (1) Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning and Design Projects: These projects represent the distinct character and quality of their communities and require a partnership between a nonprofit and a local government, with one of the partners being a cultural organization — matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000; (2)
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 (matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000).