New Livability/Placemaking Grant Opportunity from NEA

See the below from a Dec. 13 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) e-mail blast (please note that ARC is not affiliated with NEA or the administration of this grant):

We are pleased to announce that the National Endowment for the Arts has posted the guidelines for 2012 Our Town grants.

Now in its second year, Our Town supports creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. Our Town will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, seek to:

  • Improve their quality of life.
  • Encourage creative activity.
  • Create community identity and a sense of place.
  • Revitalize local economies.

Pending availability of funding, grants will range from $25,000 to $150,000. Projects may include planning, design, and arts engagement activities that reflect a systemic approach to civic development and a persuasive vision for enhanced community vibrancy.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:59PM EST
GRANT AMOUNTS: $25,000, $50,000, $75,000, $100,000, or $150,000
PERIOD OF SUPPORT: September 1, 2012 through December 31, 2014
ELIGIBILITY: A partnership between a local government entity and a nonprofit cultural institution is required; additional partners are encouraged.
PROGRAM INQUIRIES: Email to schedule a call with NEA staff.
GRANTS.GOV QUESTIONS: Contact Help Desk at 800-518-4726 or

NEA staff will be conducting Our Town webinars on Wednesday, January 11 and Tuesday, February 7, 2012 to answer questions and walk applicants through this year’s guidelines. Schedule and registration details will be posted on the Our Town guidelines webpage next week.

For more information on creative placemaking and to view the 51 Our Town grants awarded in 2011, visit

Please share this opportunity with any organizations or communities that may be interested in applying.

The National Endowment for the Arts

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