Jun 15, 2018 2018-06-15
Our Town is the creative place-making grants program of the National Endowment for the Arts. The grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Applicants can choose from two program areas: Place-Based Projects contribute to improved quality of life in local communities through arts engagement, cultural planning, design, and/or artist/creative industry support. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount. Knowledge-Building Projects build and disseminate knowledge about how to leverage arts, culture, and design as mechanisms for strengthening communities. These projects require a partnership that will facilitate the knowledge sharing and/or exchange. For these projects, matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount. Elementary or secondary schools—charter, private, or public—may participate as partners in projects for which another eligible organization applies. Local education agencies, school districts, and state and regional education agencies are eligible. If a single school also is a local education agency, as is the case with some charter schools, the school may apply with documentation that supports its status as a local education agency.
Deadlines: August 9, 2018, for submission of SF-424 form to grants.gov; August 14–21, 2018, for submission of materials to applicant portal