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Vermont Arts Council
Grants to Vermont municipalities, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations to engage artists in producing public art projects to benefit local communities. Applicants must submit a letter of interest prior to applying. Eligible sites for projects include community services, facilities, and infrastructures, such as buildings, parks, trails, sidewalks, benches, water fountains, and fences.
The Vermont Arts Council is offering a funding opportunity to communities that are poised to integrate works of public art into upcoming infrastructure projects. The Council seeks proposals for projects that provide opportunities for artists to engage with community in the design and/or fabrication of permanent or temporary public art for an interior or exterior site that is accessible to the public.
The Animating Infrastructure program is designed to foster partnerships between communities and artists. The intent is to enhance a sense of community pride and identity, foster social connections, and to improve the livability and vibrancy of Vermont communities, downtowns, villages, and neighborhoods. Through the development and installation of site-specific works of public art, Vermont communities can reflect their vision, values, and creative spirit.
For the purposes of this program, the Vermont Arts Council’s definition of infrastructure is broad and includes community facilities and services such as buildings, trails, water or sewer systems, roads, power systems, parks, and more. Functional components of infrastructure such as sidewalks, railings, benches, walls, signs, stairs, sidewalks, tree grates, fences, water fountains, and more in the built and/or natural environment have the potential for artistic enhancement that creates unique places where people want to live, work, visit, and play.
Animating Infrastructure provides communities with funds to engage and work with an artist. Funds will be awarded for:
All eligible project proposals are welcome. The Council is especially interested in:
GrantWatch ID#: 150760
The Arts Council will ultimately award funds to three to five projects.
Grants will range from $1,000 to $15,000. Up to $5,000 will be awarded for design grants and up to $15,000 will be awarded for implementation and/or combination grants.
May 1, 2021: project begins
November 30, 2022: project completed
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:
Inquiries about using the online application system should be made to:
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