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February 28, 2011

RE: Our Town grant available for creative placemaking

Dear Mayor:

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is offering grant funding ranging from $25,000 to $250,000 for projects that incorporate the arts and creative placemaking. The Our Town grant will invest in “creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core.” Projects should work to improve a community’s quality of life, encourage creative activity, create community identity and a sense of place and revitalize local economies. The grant requires an arts-based partnership with committed governmental leadership and the philanthropic sector.

These partnerships must involve at least two organizations: a nonprofit design or cultural organization and a government entity. In addition, each project must have a systemic approach to civic development with a persuasive vision for change; clearly defined civic development goals and objectives that recognize and enhance the role the arts play at the center of community life; an action plan aligned with the project vision; and a funding plan that is appropriate, feasible, indicates strong community support and includes a well-conceived sustainability strategy.

To apply, you must submit a statement of interest by March 1st. The invitation to apply will be issued March 25th and the final application is due April 25th.  For instructions and information visit

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director




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