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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs to Integrate
Arts and Culture into Social and Civic Engagement Initiatives

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Conf. Date:

06/24/19

Deadline Date:

08/08/19 11:59 PM ET - Grants.gov submittal; Submit applications to the Applicant Portal by 08/20/19, 11:59 PM ET.

Description:

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Grants starting at $25,000 to USA and territories nonprofits and government entities for collaborative projects that integrate arts, design, and culture into community development initiatives. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to applying. Funding is intended for projects that promote systemic changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into local strategies for strengthening communities. Our Town project outcomes may include economic, physical, social, or systems changes.

Projects should:
- Bring new attention to or elevate key community assets and issues, voices of residents, local history, or cultural infrastructure.
- Inject new or additional energy, resources, activity, people, or enthusiasm into a place, community issue, or local economy.
- Envision new possibilities for a community or place - a new future, a new way of overcoming a challenge, or approaching problem-solving.
- Connect communities, people, places, and economic opportunity via physical spaces or new relationships.

For a list of eligible arts disciplines, see: https://www.arts.gov//sites/default/files/FY20-Our-Town-part2-May2019-rev.pdf#page=7

Projects can include activities such as:
- Arts Engagement
- Cultural Planning
- Design
- Artist and Creative Industry Support

For additional information about these activities, see the URL for Full Text.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172667

Estimated Size of Grant:

Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000.

You must request a grant amount at one of the following levels: $25,000, $50,000, $75,000, $100,000, $150,000, or $200,000.

Term of Contract:

NEA support of a project may start on July 1, 2020, or any time thereafter. A grant period of up to two years is allowed. Allow sufficient time to plan, execute, and close out your project. The two-year period is intended to allow an applicant sufficient time to plan, execute, and close out its project, not to repeat a one-year project for a second year.

Any planning costs that are included as part of the project must be incurred during your established period of performance.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applications require partnerships that involve at least two primary partners as defined by these guidelines: a nonprofit organization and a local governmental entity. One of the two primary partners must be a cultural (arts or design) organization. Additional partners are encouraged.

One of the two primary partners must act as the official applicant (lead applicant). This lead applicant must meet the eligibility requirements, submit the application, and assume full responsibility for the grant.

Eligible lead applicants are:
- Nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) U.S. organizations with a documented three-year history of programming.
- Local governments. For the purposes of these guidelines, local governments are defined as counties, parishes, cities, towns, villages, or federally recognized tribal governments. Local arts agencies or other departments, agencies, or entities within an eligible local government may submit the application on behalf of that local government. The following do not qualify as local governments: state level government agencies, other state-designated entities, state higher education institutions, regional governments and entities, quasi-government organizations, regional planning organizations, and business improvement districts.

For U.S. territories, if no local government exists, the territory government can serve as the local government.

Additional partners are encouraged and may include an appropriate variety of entities such as arts organizations and artists, design professionals and design centers, state level government agencies, foundations, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, real estate developers, business leaders, community organizations, councils of government, rural or regional planning organizations, transportation agencies, special districts, educational organizations, as well as public and governmental entities; and should engage in partnership with other sectors (such as agriculture and food, economic development, education and youth, environment and energy, health, housing, public safety, transportation, and workforce development).

For additional eligibility requirements, see:
https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/applicant-eligibility

For a list of activities that are not funded, see:
https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/we-do-not-fund

Pre-proposal Conference:

Our Town: Tips for a Successful Our Town Application Webinar
Date: Monday, June 24, 2019 - 15:00

To register: https://conference.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1240876&tp_key=4c94d6dbee

Design & Creative Placemaking staff will conduct a webinar to share tips on how to ensure an Our Town application is clear and compelling. An overview presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

Pre-Application Information:

You may find it helpful to contact your local or regional arts agency as you begin the process of identifying partners within your community.

Timeline:
- Part 1: Submit to Grants.gov, August 8, 2019. Prepare application material so that it's ready to upload when the Applicant Portal opens
- Part 2: Submit to Applicant Portal, August 13-20, 2019
- Earliest Announcement of Award or Rejection: April 2020
- Earliest Beginning Date for the Period of Performance: July 1, 2020

To allow time to resolve any problems you might encounter, we strongly recommend that you register/renew your Grants.gov/SAM registration by at least July 18, 2019 and submit to Grants.gov by at least July 29, 2019.

Grants cannot exceed 50% of the total cost of the project. All grants require a nonfederal match of at least 1 to 1. These matching funds may be all cash or a combination of cash and in-kind contributions. You may include in your Project Budget matching funds that are proposed but not yet committed at the time of the application deadline.

All applicants must have a DUNS number (www.dnb.com) and be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM, www.sam.gov) and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete, and should a grant be made, throughout the life of the award. Finalize a new or renew an existing registration at least two weeks before the application deadline. This action should allow you time to resolve any issues that may arise. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in your inability to submit your application. Maintain documentation (with dates) of your efforts to register or renew at least two weeks before the deadline.

Exploring Our Town: https://www.arts.gov/exploring-our-town/

Creative Placemaking Resources: https://www.arts.gov/artistic-fields/creative-placemaking/creative-placemaking-resources

Application Calendar: https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/application-calendar

Award Information: https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/award-information

Application Review: https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/application-review

FAQ: https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/frequently-asked-questions

How to Apply: https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/how-to-prepare-and-submit-an-application

How to Submit to Grants.gov: https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/part-1-submit-to-grants-gov

Submit to Applicant Portal: https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/part-2-submit-to-applicant-portal

Online Tutorial: https://www.arts.gov/video/nea-online-tutorial-using-grant-application-form-gaf

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=316235

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register with Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html

Application Portal (available beginning on June 19):
https://applicantportal.arts.gov/

OT@arts.gov
202/682-5082 Voice/T.T.Y.

Individuals who do not use conventional print should contact the Arts Endowment's Accessibility Office at 202/682-5532 for help in acquiring an audio recording of the guidelines.

CFDA Number:

45.024

Funding or Pin Number:

2019NEA01OT

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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