This program supports primarily small and midsized organizations for projects that bring the arts to underserved populations that lack access to the arts due to geography, ethnicity, economics or disability.

Grants are available to support professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.

NOTE: This grant program was suspended in 2020 due to staff workload implementing the CARES Act.


Local, state and tribal governments; institutions of higher education; nonprofits

Role In Creative Placemaking

This program is smaller in scale than Our Town, but also targeted to projects that explore the marriage of arts, culture and community development.


At least 1:1


Bridging the Divide visual arts exhibition – New York, NY

St. Croix Valley cultural tourism – Stillwater, MN

Role in Creative Placemaking

This section represents our attempt to capture how this specific funding opportunity might fit into a placemaking initiative.


Who can apply? Eligibility is often limited, but in partnership with other entities you may identify an access point, such as subgrant opportunities. This information can help you determine which potential partners in your community might be able to access the funds.

Previous Projects/Grantees

These examples show how these funds have been used for creative or placemaking endeavors in the past, the types of organizations that have successfully accessed the funds and/or the types of activities for which the funds can be used.

Max Award

Maximum funding amounts can vary from year to year. We have provided the most recent information available. Where available, we also include a median or a range in cases in which the maximum is not typical of an average award.

Match Requirement

Most federal programs require some form of cost sharing. This is expressed differently for different agencies and programs. Sometimes a direct 1:1 match is specified. Other times, the application will state the maximum percentage of a project cost that the funding award can cover. We include this information, where available, in order to give you a sense of what to expect when applying for a particular funding program.


Most federal funding programs will require financial and progress reports at least annually, along with a final report. We consider this to be a "moderate" compliance burden. Where a higher degree of data collection and reporting is indicated, we convey that information with a "substantial" rating.