ArtPlace America

ArtPlace Grants

Program Summary

As of October 15, 2013, ArtPlace America invites Letters of Inquiry for our Innovation Grants program from initiatives involving arts organizations, artists and designers working in partnership with local and national partners on place-based strategies that can transform communities.

The Innovation Grants program is designed to invest in creative placemaking projects that reach for new possibilities and involve a variety of partners who together are committed to increasing the vibrancy and diversity of their communities. ArtPlace America sees its role as providing venture funding in the form of grants—seeding entrepreneurial projects that lead through the arts, already enjoy strong local buy-in, integrate with a community’s economic development and community revitalization strategies, and have the potential to attract additional private and public support to the community. We want to learn alongside those doing this groundbreaking work and spread the lessons they are learning to other communities across the U.S.


An organization is only allowed to submit one Letter of Inquiry per grant cycle.  The scope of an ArtPlace America project can be statewide; however, statewide or regional projects should be focused on driving vibrancy and diversity in local communities.

Award Information 

ArtPlace America awards grants that range between $50,000-$500,000 to organizations, initiatives and communities of all sizes.

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 cover sheet with the project title, your name, department, and campus address, and the title of the program you are responding to.
  3. A letter of inquiry addressing the following sponsor-identified criteria:

The above materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.  The selected nominee will be asked to submit a letter of inquiry in accordance with the sponsor's deadline of Friday, December 13, 2013.  Selected applicants will be notified in February 2014 to submit full proposals.

Proposal Due to OVPRED11/12/2013 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF12/06/2013
Date Due to Sponsor12/13/2013
Required LOI Due Date12/13/2013
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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