NEA Creative Placemaking Technical Assistance Program Solicitation

Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity. Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO).

Program Summary

The NEA assists organizations in effectivity incorporating the arts into community development efforts by funding creative placemaking projects across the country. For the last decade, these activities have primarily been supported through the agency’s Our Town grant program. In the course of this work, it became clear that many Our Town grantees would benefit from direct, hands-on technical assistance while executing their projects at the local level. In 2016, the NEA began the Our Town Technical Assistance Pilot Program to provide select Our Town grantees with targeted technical assistance. To build upon the pilot program’s success and to further strengthen the field of creative placemaking, the NEA now plans to develop a more expansive technical assistance program. The Creative Placemaking Technical Assistance Program will serve a wider audience of both prospective applicants to and grantees of the Our Town program, as well other communities interested in undertaking creative placemaking activities. Short-term technical assistance institutes will be convened to gather experts with teams of local leaders.

The purpose of this Program Solicitation is to select an organization (the “Cooperator”) to implement the Creative Placemaking Technical Assistance Program activities as described below. In brief, the Cooperator will:

  • Plan, coordinate, and implement a technical assistance program that will assist select community teams in effectively executing their creative placemaking activities.
  • Manage logistics for a series of up to four short-term technical assistance institutes augmented by follow-up consultancies, as appropriate to the needs of participants.
  • Produce a series of webinars and develop other learning tools for the teams as well as general audiences interested in creative placemaking. Update existing resource materials currently housed on the “Exploring Our Town” website, including case studies and other learning tools.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST June 11, 2019

Sponsor Application Deadline: 9:59pm MT July 29, 2019

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Project Summary (2 pages maximum): Please include the following: project summary, project director, proposed project activities, project timeline and schedule of key planning and implementation dates. Please demonstrate the artistic excellence and artistic merit of the project.
  • PI CV
  • Budget Overview (1 page maximum): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required. Please include the source of the required matching funds.

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An organization may not receive more than one Arts Endowment award for the same costs during the same or an overlapping period of performance.

Limited Submission Guidelines

An organization may submit only one proposal under this program solicitation.

Award Information

Award Amount: $500,000

Award Duration: The Cooperative Agreement will being no earlier than January 1, 2020, and extend for up to 24 months.

Cost Share Requirement: This opportunity requires a nonfederal cost share of at least 50% of the Cooperative Agreement amount.