OUR TOWN: Applicant Resources


Our Town: FY24 Grant Guidelines and Summative Feedback Session (June 15, 2023)
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Special Topic: FY24 Grants for Tribes and Native Serving Organizations Webinar (June 5, 2023)


Applicant Q&A

Register for informal virtual sessions with office staff to answer questions about submitting a competitive application. All times are Eastern Time.

Sessions: June 27 | July 20 | August 10

Our Town-Specific Resources

The Our Town Creative Placemaking Resources page provides the definition of creative placemaking in the Our Town grant program and a list past publications and resources.

For more about the strengthening communities objective and the Our Town Theory of Change, see Our Town: A Framework for Understanding and Measuring the National Endowment for the Arts’ Creative Placemaking Program.

Recent Our Town Grantees


Our First-Time Applicant Guide for Organizations covers the basics of registration and provides some links to helpful resources for new applicants

The Online Tutorial: Using the Grant Application Form (GAF) provides a step-by-step visual guide to entering information into the applicant portal.

If your project includes program evaluation and/or research activities that involve directly collecting information from program participants, the NEA may conduct a review of your project to ensure that it complies with our general guidance regarding the responsible conduct of research. Review our Responsible Conduct of Performance Measurement, Program Evaluation, and Research to learn more.

Federal Civil Rights and Your Grant Application

In this webinar you can learn about federal Civil Rights compliance requirements when applying for a NEA grant and find guidance on how to accurately communicate your project description and plan.


Projects funded by the NEA must be accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities may be audiences, visitors, artists, performers, teaching artists, students, staff, and volunteers.

The Accessibility Requirements for Applicants and Grantees webinar gives a detailed overview, and provides information about the application’s Assurance of Compliance, post-award accessibility questionnaire, and 504 Self Evaluation requirements. It also provides tips for ensuring access to your programs and facilities.

The Accessibility Checklist is a user-friendly tool to assist you in making your organization and project inclusive and available to everyone. The checklist includes links to a wide variety of accessibility resources.

The Accessibility Questions for Recommended Applicants form is required for all recommended grantees. You may preview the form to see what kinds of information we will request if you are recommended for a grant.

National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)

Projects supported by the NEA may be subject to the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), which is legislation intended to protect historic and archeological sites. You can learn about what kinds of projects may need additional review to ensure compliance with NHPA regulations, as well as how our internal review process works in this webinar.

The NHPA/NEPA Questionnaire is the form you will need to complete for the NEA to conduct the review of a project impacted by the National Historic Preservation Act.

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