City Seeks Submissions for NEA Arts Grant

July 28, 2015

The city is seeking proposals from local arts and cultural organizations that wish to apply for the Our Town grants awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.

Proposals must be submitted via email to Public Art Administrator Sarah Lindgren (Sarah(dot)Lindgren(at)louisvilleky(dot)gov) no later than August 24. The NEA requires the local government to submit a formal statement of support designating the project as the one of the up to two applications being submitted for the local government entity. The city’s proposal process allows all eligible organizations to submit and ensures that two applications are identified to the NEA.

The purpose of the Our Town program is to support creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core.

There are two project areas:

  • Matching grants for Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects will provide support for projects that represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. Local government entities must partner with a nonprofit organization to apply as a partnership. One of the partners must be a cultural organization. These grants will range from $25,000 to $200,000 per award.
  • Matching grants for Projects that Build Knowledge about Creative Placemaking are only available to arts and design service organizations, and national or regional industry or university organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. These entities may include housing, transit, community development, environmental, and economic development organizations who want to engage in creative placemaking activities. These grants will range from $25,000 to $100,000 per award.

View a copy of the guidelines for submitting a proposal:

NEA Our Town Grant RFP (PDF File)

NEA Our Town Grant RFP (Microsoft Word Document)