Limited Submission Programs - ArtPlace: Invitation for Letter of Inquiry: Creative Placemaking

Summary of Opportunity
ArtPlace: Invitation for Letter of Inquiry: Creative Placemaking
OSP Deadline 10/17/12
Funding Agency Deadline 10/29/12
Funding or Award Criteria

Program Description: 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.

As of September 17, 2012, ArtPlace invites Letters of Inquiry from initiatives involving arts organizations, artists and designers working in partnership with local and national partners to produce a transformative impact on community vibrancy.

ArtPlace grants are intended to fund a range of costs associated with implementing a creative placemaking project.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Is art, art making or artists at the heart of the initiative?
  • Is it likely that the initiative will result in increases in sustained vibrancy?
  • Is it likely that the initiative will result in increases in heterogeneity of people in terms of income, race and ethnicity?
  • Is the initiative integrated into a broader portfolio of strategies powerful enough to transform the community?
  • Can the initiative provide new insights to the field and influence the work of others?
  • Does this work elevate the distinctiveness of its place?
  • Is there momentum on which to build? Is now the right time for this particular project?
  • Is capable leadership in place? Can the organization and its partners execute this work successfully?

Additional Criteria for Capital Projects

  • Does evidence of sufficient market demand exist?
  • Does capacity to secure funds to complete the project exist?
  • If necessary, does capacity to secure additional ongoing operating funds exist?

Available Bonus Points

  • Does this initiative offer an opportunity to align and leverage federal investments such as, but not limited to, HUD Community Development Block Grants, USDA Rural Development grants and loans, DOT Federal Transit Administration grants and grants available through discretionary programs?
  • Does this initiative engage community foundation support as part of its funding sources?
  • Does the portfolio of strategies include the implementation of public policies to encourage thriving in place?

The Definitions

  1. Creative placemaking: Art and culture at the heart of a portfolio of integrated strategies that can drive vibrancy and diversity so powerful that it transforms communities
  2. Vibrancy: The synergy among people, activity and value in a place that increases community vitality and spurs economic opportunity.
  3. Diversity: Heterogeneity of people in terms of income, race and ethnicity through an inclusive and connected place.
Applicable Field(s)  
Number of Nominees Allowed One (1) per institution
Required Internal Review Documents Associate Deans or Designates should submit the following materials electronically to by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, 2012:
  1. Dean's or ORU Director's Letter of Nomination
  2. Two-page maximum lay abstract describing the aims/needs of the proposed research project.
  3. The bio sketch/CV of the UT PI
Each college may submit one (1) nomination for consideration.
Nominee(s) Selected to Advance  
Posting Date 10/01/12