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National Endowment for the Arts accepting “Our Town” grant applications for up to $200k


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.”

Organizations may apply for creative placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core. An organization may request a grant amount from $25,000 to $200,000.

Key information:

· Pending availability of funding, grants will range from $25,000 to $200,000. · Application deadline is January 13, 2014 at 11:59 pm. · Projects may include arts engagement, cultural planning, and design activities. · Applications must involve two primary partners: a nonprofit organization and a local government entity. · Applications are encouraged from communities of all sizes. In FY 2013, 35 of the 59 grants supported projects in communities with populations under 100,000.

For more information or grant guidelines,  please click here.

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