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Animating Infrastructure Grants

Grants to Vermont Nonprofits, Schools, Libraries, and Planning
Organizations to Integrate Arts into Infrastructure Projects

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Vermont Arts Council

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 to Vermont nonprofits, libraries, schools, municipalities, historical societies, and regional planning organizations for infrastructure improvement projects that include an art component. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to applying. Funding is intended for projects which include parks, renewable energy, recreational paths, bridges, water treatment facilities, and buildings.

Animating Infrastructure Grants support community projects that integrate art with infrastructure improvements. Through this program, the Council strives to demonstrate the positive impact of art in helping communities meet goals of livability, walkability, safety, economic vitality, and community vibrancy, and to support the creation of unique infrastructure projects where function and art are one and the same.

The Council's definition of infrastructure is broad. Anything that serves a functional purpose in the built or natural environment qualifies.

Animating Infrastructure provides communities with funds to engage and work with an artist. Funds will be awarded for:
- Planning and design fees that enable an artist to work with the applicant and the community during the design and development phase of the project
- Implementation and fabrication fees that support an artist in the creation of public art for a previously designed project
- Planning/implementation fees that support artist involvement in both the planning and implementation phases of the project

All eligible project proposals are welcome. The Council is especially interested in:
- Integrated projects where infrastructure is the art
- Projects in their early planning phases
- Green infrastructure projects
- Water infrastructure projects

A successful application will demonstrate a unique opportunity for the integration of public art into infrastructure that will relate the community to the natural/built environment or the working landscape. Proposals should clearly demonstrate that the project would benefit from the inclusion of an artist in the design, planning and/or implementation phase.

Competitive proposals will:
- Celebrate what is unique and special about the community/place
- Foster connections among people, cultures, and/or organizations
- Demonstrate strong community leadership
- Involve the community in the design/planning
- Be of appropriate and realistic scope and scale for the community
- Demonstrate active participation by community partner organizations
- Have potential to be a model project for other communities

End products will:
- Conclude with an installation or integration of art, either within the grant period (if an implementation grant) or after the grant period (if a planning grant). The art may be permanent or temporary
- Be of high artistic merit
- Capitalize on distinct and unique attributes, and/or stories of the community
- Have high community visibility
- Reflect community goals and values
- Inspire community attraction to, or interaction and/or engagement with the space or structure

Funds may only be used to pay artist fees and/or fees related to the fabrication and installation of artwork.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150760

Number of Grants:

The Arts Council will ultimately award funds to three to five projects.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will range from $1,000 to $15,000.

Term of Contract:

Project work begins May 1, 2019 and will be completed December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Vermont municipalities, nonprofit arts and/or non-arts organizations, schools, libraries, downtown associations, historical societies, and/or regional planning organizations are eligible to apply. Organizations in rural communities and/or communities with little or no prior experience with public art are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have strong, supportive community leadership in place to give the project high potential for being completed successfully.

Individual artists may not apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Information sessions for the Animating Infrastructure Grant program will be held September 24-October 26.

Participants will learn about the application process, and will have time to brainstorm ideas for projects in their community. Sessions are led by Michele Bailey, senior program manager at the Vermont Arts Council. Anyone wanting to learn more about this grant program is encouraged to attend.


All workshops run 1:30-3:00 PM

October 9 | River Arts, 74 Pleasant Street, Morrisville
October 24 | Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way
October 25 | Rutland Free Library, Fox Room, 10 Court Street
October 26 | ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, 1 College Street, Burlington

RSVP by sending your name, email address, phone number, and the session you plan to attend by email to Meredith Bell.

Grant Seeking Workshops information:

Pre-Application Information:

- December 10, 2018; letter of intent due
- January 21, 2019; finalists invited to submit full/complete proposal
- March 18, 2019; full proposals due
- April 30, 2019; three-five projects selected for implementation and applicant notified of grant award
- May 1, 2019; project work begins
- December 31, 2020; projects completed

Grants will not require a match, but grantees will be responsible for implementing the project and raising any additional funds necessary for its realization.

Contact Information:

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

Complete Letter of Intent online:

Inquiries about the Animating Infrastructure program should be made to:
Michele Bailey

Inquiries about using the online application system should be made to:
Meredith Bell

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Vermont