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