Partnering with Smart Growth America
SGA routinely partners with DOTs, transit agencies, nonprofits, and other organizations on funding proposals. If you’re interested in working on a proposal together, contact SGA’s director of arts & culture to discuss.
The following reports, research papers, toolkits, and articles highlight the myriad ways that artists contribute to solving our most complex transportation challenges. Stay tuned after the curated list of helpful resources below for a special section on solving the complex issue of funding for creative placemaking.
Like all transportation projects, creative placemaking projects require funding to pay for the time of artists, organizers, administrators, as well as materials and installation costs, when relevant. Fortunately, a number of funding sources exist to support projects at the intersection of arts, culture, and transportation.
Additionally, creative placemaking projects don’t necessarily need to require new or additional funding; most departments of transportation, public works, and transit agencies already have community engagement, communications, and design budgets that could be repositioned to hire artists onto project teams.
For community- and artist-led projects, or for projects where new funding is in fact required, the following resources may be helpful in finding funding.
The following foundations support arts and culture, among other focus areas. Please note that some foundations restrict their funding to specific geographic areas, and do not welcome unsolicited proposals. Additional information may be found at the following links:
- John S. and James L Knight Foundation
- The Kresge Foundation
- The Wallace Foundation
- The McKnight Foundation
- The Barr Foundation
- The Surdna Foundation
- The William Penn Foundation
- The Mellon Foundation
The National Endowment for the Arts
As the originator of the term, the NEA is a primary funder of creative placemaking projects. Visit www.arts.gov/grants for more information on their Our Town grants for creative placemaking projects, Grants for Arts Organizations, and Challenge America grants.
Additional funding resources
- ArtPlace: Finding Funding: a series of links to reports on finding funding to support creative placemaking projects.
- Financing Creative Placemaking: Analyzing Data and Trends for a Field in Transition, the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, Drexel University: This report analyzes the project budgets and narratives from grants made by three creative placemaking funders—ArtPlace America, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Kresge Foundation—between 2010 and 2019 to better understand existing funding streams and patterns in the financing of creative placemaking.
- Programs Supporting Art in the Public Realm: A challenge for artists and funders in this intersectional work is to advance both aesthetic and community aims. How do programs balance community development needs and goals with opportunities for artists to experiment? Americans for the Arts and the Barr Foundation share the findings of a National Scan of Programs Supporting Art in the Public Realm. The scan highlights overarching themes and offers snapshots of 30 programs supporting and building capacity for artists to work in the public realm.