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Creative Communities Initiative

Attention: More information about upcoming opportunities within the Creative Communities Initiative will be released on July 15, 2020. Stay tuned!

The Creative Communities Initiative provides multi-year funding to community-driven, arts-based projects that serve as catalysts for livability, economic development, and community connectedness. Also called creative placemaking, projects funded through this initiative will have a demonstrated, positive impact on their respective communities.

Read the full announcement (PDF) announcing the four communities selected for the pilot round of the Creative Communities Initiative.

Initiative Goals:

  • Strengthen Pennsylvania communities through the arts. 
  • Promote PA’s communities as places people want to live, visit, work, and play. 
  • Support authentic, inclusive, and strong community partnerships. 
  • Ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
  • Support local leadership and develop future leaders. 
  • Promote development and implementation of sustainable programs and projects. 
  • Invest in creative industries projects. 
  • Leverage additional sources of funding (local government, private sector, foundation). 
  • Cultivate innovative, community-driven projects. 
  • Promote the unique identities of PA’s communities. 
  • Create and implement best practices for project evaluations.

How to Apply


Resources on Creative Placemaking
National Endowment for the Arts
Americans for the Arts
ArtPlace America