Foundation / Corporation
Vermont Arts Council
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#: 150760
The Arts Council will ultimately award funds to three to five projects.
Grants will range from $1,000 to $15,000.
Project work begins May 1, 2019 and will be completed December 31, 2020.
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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