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December 7, 2011

RE: 3 Upcoming EPA Funding Opportunities & NEA’s Our Town Grants

Dear Mayor:

The announcement for the EPA Brownfields Multi-Purpose grant is expected sometime this month or January 2012. This grant will fund both assessment and cleanup in one grant award, eliminating the need for a separate grant application for each phase.

The Workforce Development grant announcement is expected sometime in January or February 2012. This grant replaces the Brownfield Job Training grant and expands the scope of eligible training that may be funded.

The Brownfields Area-wide Planning grant announcement is expected sometime in February or March 2012. This grant will fund reuse planning for Brownfield sites in a defined area.

Additionally, the National Endowment for the Arts has posted the guidelines for 2012 Our Town grants. Now in its second year, Our Town supports 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 score. Our Town will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, seek to: Improve their quality of life; encourage creative activity; create community identity and a sense of place and revitalize local economies.

Pending availability of funding, grants will range from $25,000 to $150,000. Projects may include planning, design, and arts engagement activities that reflect a systemic approach to civic development and a persuasive vision for enhanced community vibrancy. Visit Inquires may email to schedule a call with NEA staff. NEA staff will be conducting Our Town webinars on Wednesday, January 11 and Tuesday, February 7, 2012 to answer questions and walk applicants through this year's guidelines. Schedule and registration details will be posted on the Our Town guidelines webpage next week.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, March 1, 2012
GRANT AMOUNTS: $25,000, $50,000, $75,000, $100,000, or $150,000
PERIOD OF SUPPORT: September 1, 2012 through December 31, 2014
ELIGIBILITY: A partnership between a local government entity and a nonprofit cultural institution is required; additional partners are encouraged.

Very truly yours,


William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director




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