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Cultural Projects that Address Community Issues

Our Town

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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

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08/04/22 11:59 PM ET - deadline; 08/16/22, 11:59 PM ET - Applicant Portal deadline


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Grants to USA and territories government agencies and nonprofit organizations for collaborative arts and cultural projects that address community issues. Applicants are advised that required registrations take several weeks to finalize. Eligible projects are those that include a partnership between a local government entity and a nonprofit organization, one of which must be a cultural organization. In addition, projects should engage in partnership with other sectors, such as agriculture and food, economic development, education and youth, environment and energy, health, housing, public safety, transportation, and workforce development.

Our Town is the NEA’s creative placemaking grants program. Through project-based funding, the program supports activities that integrate arts, culture, and design into local efforts that strengthen communities. Our Town projects advance local economic, physical, or social outcomes in communities, ultimately laying the groundwork for systems change and centering equity.

NEA encourages applications for projects that integrate arts, culture and design into strategies for strengthening communities. Arts, culture, and design may uniquely:

  • Bring new attention to or elevate key community assets and issues, voices of residents, local history, or cultural infrastructure.
  • Inject new or additional energy, resources, activity, people, or enthusiasm into a place, community issue, or local economy.
  • Envision new possibilities for a community or place - a new future, a new way of overcoming a challenge, or approaching problem-solving.
  • Connect communities, people, places, and economic opportunity via physical spaces or new relationships..

    Projects can include activities such as:

      • Arts Engagement
      • Cultural Planning
      • Design
      • Artist and Creative Industry Support

      Our Town project outcomes may include:

      • Economic Change
      • Physical Change
      • Social Change
      • Systems Change

      For additional information about these activities and outcomes, see the URL for Full Text link below.

      GrantWatch ID#:

      GrantWatch ID#: 172667

      Estimated Size of Grant:

      Applicants must request a grant amount at one of the following levels: $25,000, $50,000, $75,000, $100,000, or $150,000. Very few grants will be awarded at the $150,000 level; these will be only for projects of significant scale and impact.

      Term of Contract:

      Support of a project may start on July 1, 2023, or any time thereafter. A grant period of up to two years is allowed. The two-year period is intended to allow an applicant sufficient time to plan, execute, and close out its project, not to repeat a one-year project for a second year.

      Additional Eligibility Criteria:

      Eligible lead applicants are:
      - Nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) U.S. organizations with a documented completed three-year history of programming. For the purpose of defining eligibility, "three-year history" refers to when an organization began its programming and not when it incorporated or received nonprofit, tax-exempt status.
      - Local governments. For the purposes of these guidelines, local governments are defined as counties, parishes, cities, towns, villages, or federally recognized tribal governments. Local arts agencies or other departments, agencies, or entities within an eligible local government may submit the application on behalf of that local government. The following do not qualify as local governments: state level government agencies, other state-designated entities, state higher education institutions, regional governments and entities, quasi-government organizations, regional planning organizations, city council or aldermen offices, and business improvement districts.
      - For U.S. territories, if no local government exists, the territory government can serve as the local government.

      A key to the success of creative placemaking is involving the arts in partnership with committed governmental, nonprofit, and private sector leadership. All applications must demonstrate a partnership that will provide leadership for the project. These partnerships must involve two primary partners, as defined by these guidelines:
      1. Nonprofit organization
      2. Local government entity

      One of these two primary partners must be a cultural (arts or design) organization.

      Additional partners are encouraged and may include an appropriate variety of entities such as arts organizations and artists, design professionals and design centers, as well as cross-sector partnerships with state level government agencies, councils of government, rural or regional planning organizations, foundations, nonprofit and community organizations, educational institutions, real estate developers, business leaders, and special districts that advance community investments in agriculture and food, economic development, education and youth, environment and energy, health, housing, public safety, transportation, and workforce development. Partnerships that leverage infrastructure investments are welcome and encouraged.

      Pre-Application Information:

      Application Calendar:
      - Part 1 - Submit to August 4, 2022 by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time
      - Part 2 - Submit to Applicant Portal: August 9-16, 2022 by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time
      - Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection: April 2023
      - Earliest Start Date for Proposed Project: July 1, 2023

      Before applying, your organization must create and maintain up-to-date registrations with both the System for Award Management (SAM) at and

      Registration in and can take several weeks. Give yourself plenty of time to get registered. Similarly, submit your application to well in advance of the deadline in case you encounter any difficulties.

      Grants cannot exceed 50% of the total cost of the project. All grants require a nonfederal cost share/match of at least 1 to 1.

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