Creative Placemaking Grants Result in Successful Projects Across TN

The Arts Center of Cannon CountyArts in McNairySevierville Commons AssociationTown of Unicoi

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By Shannon Ford, Director of Community Arts Development –

The FY2017 Creative Placemaking (CP) Grants were awarded to 13 projects for a total of $75,000. The projects benefitted 78,202 people including 4,613 youth and 124 artists. Volunteer hours equaled 2975 hours, which calculated at $22.16 per hour (Independent Sector avg. value for TN) totals $65,926. FY2017 CP Grantees provided cash matches of $27,233.33 and in-kind matches of $15,050

The grant program is designed to help communities enhance the distinctive local character of Tennessee places for positive economic and community outcomes. Successful CP applications demonstrate how proposed projects will materially improve the physical and social character of their neighborhoods, districts, municipalities, or regions through arts and cultural activities or assets.

The 2017 funded projects each have aspects of:

  • Asset Mapping
  • Asset & Destination Development
  • Wayfinding
  • Walkable & bikeable environments
  • Development of social, cultural, financial capital for community residents
  • Grass-roots community building – empowering community ownership through civic engagement

FY2018 awarded projects are currently ongoing. The CP grant program is now accepting applications for FY18 for projects taking place between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019. The application deadline is Monday, January 22, 2018, by 11:59 p.m. CST. The grant program only requires 1:4 match, either cash or in-kind support (min. $15,000 for $75,000 in grants). For technical assistance, contact me at 615.532.9796.