NEA announces Our Town grant opportunity to support local creative placemaking

From NEA:

The National Endowment for the Arts just launched funding guidelines for Art Works, an update to the existing Grants for Arts Projects category,  and Our Town, a new grant opportunity that supports creative placemaking projects in communities across the United States.

Our Town is designed to fund innovative projects in which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, are looking to create livable, sustainable neighborhoods with enhanced quality of life, increased creative activity, distinct identities, a sense of place, and revitalized local economies. A pilot program, the Mayors’ Institute on City Design 25th Anniversary Initiative, funded 21 projects last year.

NEA Design Staff are also conducting a series of webinars on the new Art Works and Our Town guidelines.  To view the schedule and register for a webinar, visit


Funding: Up to 35 grants ranging from $25,000 to $250,000

Statement of Interest Deadline: March 1, 2011

Invitation to Apply Issued: March 25, 2011

Formal Application Deadline: April 25, 2011

Eligibility: Local government entities and non-profit design or cultural organizations in partnership

Complete Guidelines:

Application Inquiries: Contact [email protected] or 202-682-5091

For more information on the role that the arts play in revitalizing communities, download Creative Placemaking, an NEA funded report by Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa released in November 2010 by the Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD).