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Creative Communities Initiative

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

For information on the application process and cycle, contact Sarah Merritt, Director of Creative Communities, via email or phone (717) 787-1521. 


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