Limited Submission Programs - ArtPlace: Invitation for Letter of Inquiry: ArtPlace America 2014 Innovation Grants Program

Summary of Opportunity
ArtPlace: Invitation for Letter of Inquiry: ArtPlace America 2014 Innovation Grants Program
OSP Deadline 12/09/13
Funding Agency Deadline 12/13/13
Funding or Award Criteria

Program Description: ArtPlace America is a collaboration of 13 leading national and regional foundations and six of the nation’s largest financial institutions to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S.

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 America is a collaboration of 13 leading national and regional foundations and six of the nation’s largest financial institutions to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S.

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 place­based 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.

Definitions & Parameters

  • Creative placemaking: Art and culture at the heart of place-based strategies that can transform communities through increased vibrancy and diversity.
  •  Vibrancy: The synergy among people and activity in a place that manifests social and economic opportunity.
  • Diversity: The inclusion and interaction of people from a rich variety of economic and social backgrounds.

We recognize that these definitions can have a different meaning based on social context: particularly distinctions between rural and urban places; as well as central cities and low-income neighborhoods. ArtPlace America strives to be inclusive to those different contexts as it builds its grant portfolio and creative placemaking partnerships.

Principles: The Principles of Creative Placemaking are an essential resource for the application process for ArtPlace America funding. We strongly encourage all prospective grantees to review the principles before submitting a letter of inquiry.You can find The Principles of Creative Placemaking and other helpful documents at:

Geography: ArtPlace America funds in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Certain ArtPlace America 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.

Amount: ArtPlace America awards grants that range between $50,000-$500,000 to organizations, initiatives and communities of all sizes. For more information about eligibility please refer to the FAQ below.

Length: Grant funding will be 18-months in length, beginning July 1, 2014. If your project is part of a multi-year initiative, you may describe the broader vision but your application should reflect only the activities and/or phases of work that will occur within the grant period.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Is art, art making or artists at the heart of the initiative?
  • Will the initiative lead to an increased sense of vibrancy in line with the context of that place?
  • Does the initiative serve and encourage a diverse constituency? Is diversity taken into consideration in management and implementation?
  • Is the initiative integrated into a broader portfolio of strategies that can lead to the transformation of a place?
  • 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? Are the partnerships authentic and do they serve the overarching goal of the initiative? Can the organization and its partners execute this work successfully?
  • Can the initiative provide new insights to the field and influence the work of others?

 Additional Criteria far 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?

We give additional consideration to projects that

  • 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.
  • Engage community foundation (and other philanthropic) support as part of its funding sources.
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 Wednesday, November 6, 2013:

  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 10/16/2013