Partnership Grants, Assistance & Programs

The Partnership agencies periodically offer funding opportunities. When these grants are offered, they will be announced here and on www.grants.gov. In addition, each agency maintains websites to track their own grant announcements. The grants announced on these sites will also be on www.grants.gov.

  • HUD offers funding opportunities to help communities realize their own visions for building more livable, walkable, and environmentally sustainable regions.
  • DOT offers funding opportunities to support more livable walkable communities.
  • EPA offers grants to support activities that improve the quality of development and protect human health and the environment.

In addition, EPA maintains a listing of additional funding sources to build sustainable communities. A guide to federal and other national sources is available, as well as a guide to regional, state, and local funding opportunities.


National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Program

Now available on the NEA website are guidelines and application materials for Our Town, the agency's primary creative placemaking grants program. Now in its fourth year, Our Town has provided $16 million to support 190 projects in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  These projects are diverse in geographic distribution, number and types of partnerships, artistic discipline, and type of project. Pending availability of funding, grants will range from $25,000 to $200,000.

Our Town will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with arts and/or design organizations and artists, seek to:

  •   Improve their quality of life;
  •   Encourage greater creative activity;
  •   Foster stronger community identity and a sense of place; and
  •  Revitalize economic development.
Projects may focus on
  •   Arts engagement activities
  •   Cultural planning activities
  •   Design activities
Complete Our Town application guidelines are available in the Apply for a Grant section  on arts.gov. Application deadline is January 13, 2014 at 11:59 PM ET. Our Town FAQs provide answers to many questions about the program. For program inquiries, please email OT@arts.gov with specific questions and a design specialist will respond. Sample application narratives for these types of projects can be found at arts.gov.

To view a map of all the Our Town projects along with project descriptions and images, visit the Our Town section of arts.gov.


On-Going Federal Programs

The Partnership agencies manage a variety of on-going programs (PDF 16p 1.91MB) that provide funding and technical assistance to support communities creating vibrant, healthy neighborhoods that provide more housing options, economic opportunities, and efficient transportation while reinforcing existing investments. These funding and technical assistance programs, such as the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program can provide another means of federal resources for states, regions, and local governments.

The Partnership agencies and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) also provide programs targeted to rural communities. These programs are available to promote economic competitiveness, protect healthy environments, and enhance quality of life. The Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities guide (PDF 44p 6MB) provides key information on funding and technical assistance opportunities available from the four agencies, as well as examples of how rural communities across the country have put these programs into action. Each agency offers different ways of approaching infrastructure planning and construction, economic development, pollution cleanup, and other issues that are part of achieving sustainable communities.