National Endowment for the Arts
Guidelines and instructions for Our Town are now available online. Through project-based funding, the program supports activities that demonstrate a specific role for arts, culture, and/or design as part of local efforts that strengthen communities. Our Town projects advance local economic, physical, or social outcomes in communities, ultimately laying the groundwork for systems change and centering equity. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization.
Competitive projects often pilot new proposed activities and establish new or deepen existing cross-sector partnerships (e.g., agriculture and food, economic development, education and youth, environment, health, housing, public safety, transportation, workforce development).
These are cost share/matching grants ranging from $25,000 to $150,000, with funding starting July 1, 2023 for 1–2 year projects.
If you’re thinking about applying, be sure to register for the webinar FY 2023 Our Town Grant Guidelines and Summative Feedback Session, coming up on June 14 from 11 AM-Noon (PDT).
We are also hosting two live Applicant Q&A Sessions online. This informal “office hours” will be hosted through Zoom by Jen Hughes and Maya Hering, who will be available to answer specific questions about applying for an Our Town grant.
Register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Closed captioning will be available.
June 28 from 10-11 AM PDT – Register Now
July 14 from Noon-1 PM PDT – Register Now
The application is submitted in two parts; the Part 1 deadline is August 4, 2022. You can learn more from the guidelines on our website. Please note that application materials are also available in Spanish, a first for the NEA in our annual grant programs.