Program Solicitation: Creative Placemaking Technical Assistance Program

Application Deadline: July 29, 2019

The National Endowment for the Arts (“Arts Endowment”) assists organizations in effectivity incorporating the arts into community development efforts by funding creative placemaking projects across the country. These projects advance local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes by placing the arts at the table with other sectors, such as agriculture and food, economic development, education and youth, environment and energy, health, housing, public safety, transportation, and workforce development.

For the last decade, these activities have primarily been supported through the agency’s Our Town grant program. In the course of this work, it became clear that many Our Town grantees would benefit from direct, hands-on technical assistance while executing their projects at the local level. In 2016, the Arts Endowment began the Our Town Technical Assistance Pilot Program to provide select Our Town grantees with targeted technical assistance.

To build upon the pilot program’s success and to further strengthen the field of creative placemaking, the Arts Endowment now plans to develop a more expansive technical assistance program. The Creative Placemaking Technical Assistance Program will serve a wider audience of both prospective applicants to and grantees of the Our Town program, as well other communities interested in undertaking creative placemaking activities. Short-term technical assistance institutes will be convened to gather experts with teams of local leaders.

The Arts Endowment’s primary goal for this program is to increase the likelihood that participants’ projects are both successful and catalytic, resulting in longer term positive outcomes for their communities. In addition, lessons learned, significant field trends, and other program resources will be broadly shared with the public so more communities are ready to take on effective creative placemaking activities.

  • The purpose of this Program Solicitation is to select an organization (the “Cooperator”) to implement the Creative Placemaking Technical Assistance Program activities as described below. In brief, the Cooperator will:
  • Plan, coordinate, and implement a technical assistance program that will assist select community teams in effectively executing their creative placemaking activities.
  • Manage logistics for a series of up to four short-term technical assistance institutes augmented by follow-up consultancies, as appropriate to the needs of participants.
  • Produce a series of webinars and develop other learning tools for the teams as well as general audiences interested in creative placemaking. Update existing resource materials currently housed on the “Exploring Our Town” website,including case studies and other learning tools.