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Public Art Challenge

Grants to USA & Territories Cities for
Art Projects to Benefit the Public

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Bloomberg Philanthropies

Deadline Date:

12/15/14 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to USA and territories cities to support temporary public art projects that celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private partnerships, and drive economic development. Visual and performing arts, including multimedia projects, will be considered. Successful applicants will bring people together to experience public places in dynamic and transformative ways, demonstrate close collaboration between artists, arts organizations and cities, and establish robust public-private partnerships between local government and other funders.

Selection Criteria:
-Excellent, innovative public art project
-Potential for positive impact on the host city
-Proof of clear, specific partnership between local government and artists and/or arts organizations
-Evidence of technical feasibility of the project idea and its implementation (i.e. staff, consultants, fabricators, engineers, strategy for regulatory approvals, etc.)
-Appropriate budget and capacity to leverage other sources of support
-Strong marketing and audience engagement strategy
-Commitment to evaluating outcomes

Funds may be used for any project related expenditures including artist fees, design team outlays, administrative overhead and fundraising costs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148140

Number of Grants:

At least 3.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $1,000,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be realized within 24 months of grant award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only projects presented in cities in the 50 United States, and Territories including Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the US Virgin Islands and the Northern Marianas, will be considered.

Applying cities must have 30,000 residents or more.

Your application must be submitted by the mayor or chief executive of the host city. The application must be on behalf of a collaboration between the host city and an artist and/or arts organization.

Partnerships and multi-site projects are welcome. Cities may apply as part of a consortium but only one city can serve as the lead applicant. Information about all consortium members will need to be included in the application materials.

Pre-Application Information:

December 15, 2014 - Application deadline
February 2015 - Finalists notified and invited to submit a full proposal
April 2015 - Full proposal deadline
May 2015 - Public Art Challenge grantees announced

Your application must be submitted by the mayor or chief official of your city. The application must be on behalf of a collaboration between the host city and an artist and/or arts organization.

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If your city is selected as a finalist, you will be required to submit a full proposal. Submission requirements will be made available in February 2015. Additionally, a representative from Bloomberg Philanthropies will schedule a site visit and interview that will take place prior to the full proposal deadline.

While the use of funds is intended to be flexible, Bloomberg Philanthropies will not fund 100% of project costs.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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