Letter of Inquiry : 2014 Innovation Grants Program

The Application process for the 2014 Innovation Grants program is now closed.  For reference, information on the application process is below.

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Deadline: December 13, 2013

ArtPlace America invites Letters of Inquiry for our Innovation Grants program from initiatives involving arts organizations, artists and designers working in partnership with local and national partners on place-based strategies that can transform communities.

The Innovation Grants program is designed to invest in creative placemaking projects that reach for new possibilities and involve a variety of partners who together are committed to increasing the vibrancy and diversity of their communities. ArtPlace America sees its role as providing venture funding in the form of grants—seeding entrepreneurial projects that lead through the arts, already enjoy strong local buy-in, integrate with a community’s economic development and community revitalization strategies, and have the potential to attract additional private and public support to the community. We want to learn alongside those doing this groundbreaking work and spread the lessons they are learning to other communities across the U.S.

Applications are encouraged from all 50 states and U.S. territories, and ArtPlace America funds in communities across the country. Certain ArtPlace America funders have a deep commitment to their local communities and have provided funding for specific states or communities.  Currently, these include: Akron, Charlotte, Detroit, Macon, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, San Jose, and St. Paul, as well as communities in Alaska, Arizona, California, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. Therefore, we particularly invite projects in these areas, although applications are welcome and grants are awarded to projects from all across the US. We continue to expand our funding with the goal of supporting the broadest possible geographic array of communities. Applications for performing arts and Native and folk arts are also encouraged.

If you wish to apply for a 2014 ArtPlace America Innovation Grant, please review the guidelines in full.  We also strongly encourage visiting our Resources page to learn more about creative placemaking.

*NEW* For our 2014 application period, we have also put together 15 Questions to Ask about Creative Placemaking Proposals, which provides new tips and insights for preparing a proposal.

After reading the full guidelines and relevant materials from the Resources page, please direct any remaining questions to:

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Participating Foundations

Barr Foundation
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Ford Foundation
The James Irvine Foundation
Knight Foundation
The Kresge Foundation
The McKnight Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Rasmuson Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation
The Surdna Foundation
William Penn Foundation