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National Grants Program

Grants to USA & Territories Non-Profits & Artists for
Creative Placemaking Projects in Local Communities

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Grants generally starting at $50,000 to USA and territories non-profits, for-profits, government entities, and individual artists/designers seeking funds for creative placemaking projects that involve cross-sector partners committed to strengthening their communities. Applicants must register by October 31st and submit an LOI by November 3rd.

ArtPlace America sees its role as providing support for projects that lead through the arts/artists, integrate with a community’s economic development and revitalization strategies, and have the potential to attract additional support.

This grants program supports projects across the United States and its territories. However, several of ArtPlace’s foundation partners have deep commitments to their local and regional communities and have provided funding specifically to ensure grants are made: in communities of all sizes in Alaska, California, and Minnesota; for rural communities throughout Arizona, Iowa, the Upper Peninsula in Michigan, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin; and for the cities of Akron, Ohio; Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, Massachusetts; Charlotte, North Carolina; Detroit, Michigan; Macon, Georgia; Miami, Florida; Greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; San Jose, California; and St. Paul, Minnesota. Several funders are also interested in ensuring the participation and representation of folk and traditional arts, Native American arts, and the performing arts.

Approximately 50% of the $10 million to be disbursed in 2015 is restricted to the above communities and/or artistic disciplines. In an effort to support the broad spectrum of creative placemaking practices across the United States, ArtPlace is particularly interested in projects from states in which it has not yet granted, including: Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and Wyoming.

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GrantWatch ID#: 148144

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Number of Grants:

In 2015, ArtPlace America expects to fund approximately 40 projects.

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ArtPlace America generally awards grants that range between $50,000-$500,000 to organizations.

Term of Contract:

The grant period will be 18-months in length, beginning August 1, 2015. If your project is part of a multi-year initiative, you may describe the broader vision, although your application should focus and provide specifics on the activities and/or phases of work that will occur within the grant period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

ArtPlace America invites applications from non-profit organizations, local and tribal governing bodies, individual artists/designers, and for-profit organizations from any community located within the USA and its territories.

If you or your organization do not currently have non-profit status or federally recognized designation as a local governing body, you will need to apply through a non-profit fiscal agent (any 501(c)3 able to manage philanthropic resources on your behalf and in accordance with non-profit accounting standards). Please note that ArtPlace requires that all fiscal agent fees be no more that 12.5% of the total ArtPlace request/award.

Applicants may only submit one application per grant cycle and ArtPlace America grantees who received an award in 2014 are not eligible to apply in this round.

Pre-proposal Conference:

All webinars for this grant program have passed; however, to watch the webinar that took place on October 7th, click here: Click here to download a transcript of the webinar:

Pre-Application Information:

Application Process/Timeline:

* ArtPlace will only review applications submitted through the Web Portal at: If you wish to apply, you must register to submit a Letter of Inquiry by clicking here:

* All applicants must register by 3:59PM EST on October 31, 2014.

* Please allow 1-2 business days for your registration request to be approved. Once your registration has been approved, you will be able to view and submit your Letter of Inquiry.

* Letters of Inquiry must be submitted by 3:59 PM EST on November 3, 2014.

Please Note: Although ArtPlace will only review Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) submitted through the Web Portal, ArtPlace has prepared a worksheet to help you draft your answers offline. Click here to download a worksheet containing the LOI questions:

* Applicants will be notified by January 2015 of a denial or an invitation to a full proposal.

* Site visits for applicants invited to submit full proposals will be conducted in January/February 2015.

* The deadline for submitting organizational financials for full proposals will be in February 2014 and the deadline for submitting full proposals will be in March 2015.

* Notifications of grant decisions (awards and denials) will be sent out in June 2015.

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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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