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National grants promote artistic community development

By: Leslie Black-Plumeau on 11/6/2012

From the Sustainable Communities Initiative at HUD:

The National Endowment for the Arts released funding guidelines for Our Town, its primary placemaking grant program.  Our Town will invest grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 in creative and innovative projects in which communities, along with their arts and design organizations, seek to improve quality of life; foster stronger community identity; encourage greater creative activity; and revitalize economic development.   Applications are due by January 14, 2013 and guidelines are available hereWebinars to learn more will be held November 6 and 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm.

Along a similar theme, ArtPlace, a collaboration of eleven national and regional foundations, several federal agencies, and six of the nation’s largest banks, is accepting Letters of Inquiry until November 1 for its third round of grant funding.  ArtPlace believes that art, culture and creativity expressed powerfully through place can create vibrant communities. See for here more information.