July 7, 2017

Our Town Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking is a National Endowment for the Arts Grant Program and provides funding to build and disseminate Creative Placemaking knowledge more broadly across professional networks.

These projects should expand the capacity of artists and arts organizations to be more effective at executing Creative Placemaking projects, and to work more effectively with economic and community development practitioners, and vice versa, to improve the livability of the communities and create opportunities for all.

These projects can be carried out by arts service or design service organizations, and/or other national or regional membership, policy, or university-based organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based economic and community development work, and to expand the knowledge base about Creative Placemaking to their members and the field. 

Our Town
Projects that build knowledge about Creative Placemaking

  • Founded in 2011
  • 4 Levels Distributed Nationally Annually: $25,000, $50,000, $75,000 and $100,000
  • The FY2018 deadline for Our Town applications is September 11, 2017.

Want to learn more?
Check out these materials to make sure your successful with your Project Proposal:

Explore Our Town Case Studies

Attend an Our Town Guidelines webinar:

How to Apply (July 24)

Tips, Tricks, and Inspiration for a Successful Project Proposal (July 31)

Online Tutorial: Using the Grant Application Form (GAF)

Program Evaluation Resources


Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. 

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