Introduction

Thank you for your interest in the National Creative Placemaking Fund. On June 7, 2016, ArtPlace America announced the 80 projects that it will consider for its 2016 National Creative Placemaking Fund.

Each of these finalist projects has proposed an opportunity for arts and culture to help address a community development challenge or opportunity related to agriculture and food; economic development; education and youth; environment and energy; health, housing; immigration; public safety; transportation; or workforce development.

These 80 projects represent 6% of the 1,361 initial applications that ArtPlace reviewed.

They are proposed for 65 different communities across 35 states and 2 US territories, including 7 states and 2 territories in which ArtPlace has not yet funded a project.

These projects reflect ArtPlace’s ongoing commitment to reflecting the full diversity of communities in this country:

Region
# of finalists
% by #
Midwest
23
29%
Northeast
12
15%
South
20
25%
Territories
3
4%
West
22
28%
Total:
80
100%
Community Context
# of finalists
% by #
Rural
24
30%
Suburban
6
8%
Urban
50
63%
Total:
80
100%

 

Eighty percent of this year’s finalists are first-time applicants to the National Creative Placemaking Fund.

ArtPlace worked with 48 peer experts to review the 1,361 initial applications.  These peer experts reflected both the demographic diversity of this country, as well as the diversity of the arts and culture and the community development sectors.

Each of the finalists will now complete a more extensive application and schedule a site visit with a peer expert and an ArtPlace staff member.  These peer experts will come together as an in-person panel to make recommendations this fall for the $10.5 million that ArtPlace will invest in this round of the National Creative Placemaking Fund.

To date, ArtPlace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund has invested $67 million in 227 projects across 152 communities of all sizes.

The complete list of 2016 finalists may be found here.

A complete list of our National Creative Placemaking Fund investments to date may be found here.

ABOUT

The National Creative Placemaking Fund invests in planning and development projects where arts and culture play a central role.  ArtPlace actively seeks to build a portfolio of funded projects that is a microcosm of the varied creative placemaking strategies used across the United States through this program.  Since 2011, the National Creative Placemaking Fund has invested in 227 projects across 152 communities of all sizes in 43 states and the District of Columbia.

The 2016 National Creative Placemaking Fund open application process has closed.  Thank you for your interest and we encourage you to consider applying next year. See below for a brief video about this funding opportunity, and be sure to sign up for our mailing list in the top right-hand corner of your screen to receive updates on next year's call for proposals.