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NEA Our Town Guidelines, FY2012

Post Date

December 1st 2011

Application Due Date

March 1st 2012

The system must receive your validated and accepted application no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on March 1, 2012.

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Funding Activity Categories


Eligibility Categories

State Governments
County Governments
City or Township Governments
Special District Governments
Independent School Districts
Public and State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
Federally Recognized Native American Tribal Governments
Non-Profits With 501 (c) (3) Status With The IRS (Except Higher Education Institutions)
Private Institutions of Higher Education

The Arts Endowmentуs support of a project may start on September 1, 2012, or any time thereafter. A grant period of up to two years is allowed. Applicant Eligibility All applications must have partnerships that involve two primary partners: a nonprofit organization and a local governmental entity. One of the two primary partners must be a cultural (arts or design) organization. Additional partners are welcomed. One of the two primary partners must act as the official applicant (lead applicant). This lead applicant must meet the eligibility requirements, submit the application, and assume full responsibility for the grant. To be eligible, the lead applicant organization must: ╔ For an organization other than a local government, have a three-year history of programming prior to the application deadline. ╔ Meet the Arts Endowmentуs "Legal Requirements," including nonprofit, tax-exempt status, as detailed in the Grants for Arts Projects guidelines, at the time of application. ╔ Have submitted acceptable Final Report packages by the due date(s) for all Arts Endowment award(s) previously received.


  • Award Range:

    $25000 - $150000

Grant Description

The Arts Endowmentуs support of a project may start on September 1, 2012, or any time thereafter. A grant period of up to two years is allowed. Grant Program Description Art works to improve the lives of Americaуs citizens in many ways. Communities across our nation are engaging design and leveraging the arts to create livable, sustainable neighborhoods with enhanced quality of life, increased creative activity, distinct identities, a sense of place, and vibrant local economies that capitalize on existing local assets. The NEA defines these efforts as Creative Placemaking: "In creative placemaking, partners from public, private, nonprofit, and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, tribe, city, or region around arts and cultural activities. Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired." Ann Markusen, Markusen Economic Research Services Anne Gadwa, Metris Arts Consulting From Creative Placemaking

Contact Information

  • Agency

    National Endowment for the Arts

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