We work to advance creative approaches that empower residents to drive change and restore wellness in their neighborhoods.
We must address the harm done to people with low incomes and the disinvestment in the places where they live. This includes historic trauma, systemic racial injustices and normalized acts of exclusion. Only then can we use Creative Placemaking strategies to create conditions where all residents thrive and communities of color are supported.
Our goal with this focus area is to invest in resident empowerment, social cohesion, narrative change and equitable physical improvements in communities of color. Through this strategy, we work to support arts and community development organizations and projects that:
All grant opportunities are listed on the Current Funding Opportunities page.
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We look for efforts that position arts, culture and community-engaged design as central elements of community development and planning. Learn more about eligibility requirements for this focus area on the Current Funding Opportunities page.
We seek to cluster organizations (arts, community development and other nonprofits) and Creative Placemaking activities into cohorts and initiatives. We specifically support initiatives that:
We look for patterns and opportunities to better understand outcomes and impacts. We also seek to build the capacity of our grantees to more directly engage in advancing critical field needs, ranging from policy to evidence base, and to fuller integration of racial equity and inclusion practices within community development.