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NEA Our Town, FY2016

Post Date

May 21st 2015

Application Due Date

September 21st 2015

The system must receive your validated and accepted application no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on September 21, 2015.

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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 Endowment's support of a project may start on August 1, 2016, or any time thereafter. A grant period of up to two years is allowed. OUR TOWN: Applicant Eligibility All applications require partnerships that involve at least two primary partners: a nonprofit organization and a local governmental entity, as defined by these guidelines. One of the two primary partners must be a cultural (arts or design) organization. Additional partners are encouraged. 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.


  • Award Range:

    $25000 - $200000

Grant Description

The Arts Endowment's support of a project may start on August 1, 2016, or any time thereafter. A grant period of up to two years is allowed. OUR TOWN: Grant Program Description The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work - placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place. Through Our Town, subject to the availability of funding, the National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants for creative placemaking projects. Our Town requires partnerships between arts organizations and government, other nonprofit organizations, and private entities to achieve livability goals for communities. Click on the type of project to see the requirements for partnerships: Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects LINK or Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking LINK.

Contact Information

  • Agency

    National Endowment for the Arts

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  • Agency Contact:

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