The National Endowment for the Arts has published guidelines and the application for the next funding round of Our Town, the agency's primary creative placemaking grants program.
The Our Town program supports creative placemaking projects that help transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. The funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place.
Through the program, subject to the availability of funding, the endowment will provide a limited number of grants for creative placemaking. 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:
1) Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects: In this category, 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. Matching grants will 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 or university organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. Matching grants will range from $25,000 to $100,000.
Complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and information on previously funded projects are available at the NEA website.