In January, 2015, ArtPlace America announced a new, one-time grant program – the Community Development Investments (CDI) – for place-based non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with a primary mission of community planning and development that have not previously incorporated arts and culture strategies into their core work.

The CDI program builds on the lessons learned through ArtPlace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund, Research, and Field-Building Activities and is investigating what it means to then sustainably incorporate art and culture into the multi-sector work of a place-based non-governmental organization (NGO). 

The program provides up to $3m of flexible funding to each of six organizations over three years along with technical assistance on creative placemaking and collaboration around debt financing opportunities, federal grants, and research and documentation.  We have selected PolicyLink ( as our Research and Documentation partner for the duration of the program.

In August, 2015, ArtPlace America announced the six participating organizations. Click "Funded Projects" in the menu to your left to view more information on those selected.