Internal Deadline: December 15, 2023, 5pm PT
External Deadline: January 18, 2024
Award Type: Cooperative Agreement
Estimated Number of Awards: 1
Anticipated Award Amount: $500,000
Who May Serve as PI: To be eligible, the applicant organization must:
• Have at least three years of prior experience with Creative Placemaking.
• Meet the National Endowment for the Arts’ Legal Requirements at the time of application.
• Have submitted acceptable Final Report packages by the due date(s) for all NEA award(s) previously received.
Process for Limited Submissions
PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Research Initiatives and Infrastructure (RII) Application Portal: https://rii.usc.edu/oor-portal/. Use the template provided here: RII Limited Submission Applicant Template
Materials to submit include:
- (1) Two-Page Proposal Summary (1” margins; single-spaced; standard font type, e.g. Arial, Helvetica, Times New Roman, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 2-page limit will be excluded from review. You must use the template linked above.
- (2) CV – (5 pages maximum)
Note: The portal requires information about the PIs in addition to department and contact information, including the 10-digit USC ID#, Gender, and Ethnicity. Please have this material prepared before beginning this application.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) assists organizations in effectively integrating arts, culture, and design into local efforts to strengthen communities over the long-term by funding creative placemaking projects across the country. Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners integrate arts and culture into community work–by placing the arts at the table with other sectors, such as agriculture and food, economic development, education and youth, environment and energy, health, housing, public safety, transportation, and workforce development. The work of creative placemaking, sometimes called creative place-keeping or place-knowing, is rooted in the understanding that all communities have intrinsic value, unique assets, cultural significance, and that projects in the community must be informed by and relevant to the members of that community.
For the last decade, the NEA has primarily supported creative placemaking 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. In 2020, the program was renamed the Creative Placemaking Technical Assistance Program (CPTA), and expanded to serve a serve a wider audience of prospective applicants to and grantees of the Our Town program, as well as other communities interested in undertaking creative placemaking activities.
In 2024, the program will continue to offer support through virtual programming, access to on-demand resources, and in-person technical assistance, which may include short-term institutes and/or community-based site visits to gather experts with teams of local leaders.
The NEA’s primary goal for this program is to increase the likelihood that participants’ projects are both successful and catalytic, resulting in longer term positive outcomes for their communities. In addition, lessons learned, significant field trends, and other program resources will be broadly shared with the public so more communities are ready to take on effective creative placemaking activities.
Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for more updates and other announcements.