ArtPlace America


Program Summary

ArtPlace is a collaboration of ten leading national and regional foundations, eight federal agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts, and six of the nation’s largest financial institutions to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S.  ArtPlace funds in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Certain ArtPlace funders have a deep commitment to their local communities and have provided funding for specific states or communities. Currently, these include: Akron, Charlotte, Detroit, Macon, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, San Jose, and St. Paul, as well as communities in Alaska, Arizona, California, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. Therefore, we particularly invite projects in these areas, although applications are welcome and grants are awarded to projects from all across the US. We continue to expand our funding with the goal of supporting the broadest possible geographic array of communities.

ArtPlace works to accelerate creative placemaking by making grants and loans; by striking important partnerships with those who share our passion; with solid but imaginative research; and with communication and advocacy that we hope will influence others to engage in this work.  ArtPlace grants are intended to fund a range of costs associated with implementing a creative placemaking project, ArtPlace loans should be used to finance costs associated with a capital project such as pre-development, acquisition, construction and real estate improvements.


An organization is only allowed to submit one Letter of Inquiry per grant cycle. Applying for a grant does not preclude an organization from also applying for an ArtPlace loan and vice versa.

Eligibility for ArtPlace’s grant and loan programs vary. Participation in the grant program is not dependent on meeting minimum or maximum operating budget requirements; however, an organization seeking financing through ArtPlace’s loan fund must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with an annual operating budget of at least $1 million that has been in operation for a minimum of three years. The purpose of the loan should be to finance costs associated with a capital project such as pre-development, acquisition construction and real estate improvements.

Award Information

ArtPlace does not specify a request range for projects. In its first two years, ArtPlace made grants ranging in size from $63,100 to $1 million. The average grant was $336,469 and the median grant was $292,950.  Available loans can range from $500,000 to $2 million.

Internal Selection Procedure

The UI Office of the Vice President for Research has established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominee.  Applications will be reviewed according to the sponsor's selection criteria.  Consideration will also be given to UI institutional strengths and strategic directions.  Potential applicants must submit, using the preselection link below, the following information:

  1. A two page CV; and
  2. A description of the proposed project.  It should have the following elements:
  3. Additional pages may be used for a bibliography.
  4. Please be sure the project is identified on each page and number the pages.

The above materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM on Tuesday, October 2, 2012.  The selected nominee will be asked to submit a letter of inquiry in accordance with the sponsor's deadline of Thursday, November 1, 2012.  Selected applicants will be notified on January 2, 2013, to submit full proposals for grants and/or full applications for loans.

Proposal Due to OVPRED10/02/2012 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF10/24/2012
Date Due to Sponsor11/01/2012
Required LOI Due Date11/01/2012
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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