Open Grants

NEA - Out Town Grant OPEN until September 11, 2017 | Counties: Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Scott, Stoddard

Calling Our Town Applicants!


If you're thinking about applying for Our Town in the upcoming FY18 round, it's time to get together with your partners and get acquainted with Our Town's application guidelines!


The deadline to apply for Our Town is September 11, 2017. This round will support projects that start on or after August 1, 2018.

In addition to the application webinars described below, we have lots of helpful online materials to guide and inspire you as you assemble your application:

How to Do Creative Placemaking is an action-oriented guide to improving places. This book, freely available online as a PDF, includes instructional and thought-provoking case studies and essays from today's leading thinkers in creative placemaking. It describes the diverse ways in which arts organizations and arts can play an essential role in the success of communities across America.

Exploring Our Town is an interactive showcase of over 70 past-funded Our Town projects, offering an easy-to-search resource on best practices and case studies from across the country. Divided into two sections, Project Showcase and Project Insights, Exploring Our Town provides practical information gleaned from the experiences of those who have successfully completed Our Town projects.

...and even more resources are available through our Creative Placemaking Resources page.

Our Town offers support for projects in two areas:

  • Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects. These projects represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000.  

  • Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking. These projects are available to arts and design service organizations, and industry, policy, or university organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000.

For more information CLICK HERE 

How to do Creative Placemaking
USDA Accepting Applications for Rural Broadband Access Loan - FY2017 | Counties: Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Scott, Stoddard

USDA accepting applications for Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program for FY 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development announced this week that USDA is accepting applications for the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program for FY 2017.  Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2017 under this window.

The Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program furnishes loans and loan guarantees to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide service at the broadband lending speed as outlined in the Federal Register.

Applicants are encouraged to review the FY 2017 application guide that is available online at: and as found in the Code of Federal Regulations, 7 CFR part 1738.

More information on how to apply for funding is available on page 34473 of the July 25th Federal Register.

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