Over the past year, the Foundation has been conducting a review to refine the entire Creative Communities grantmaking program. This work is taking place against the backdrop of important local and national conversations about the role that arts, culture, and public spaces play in contributing to strong, healthy communities and the foundation’s commitment to a just recovery.

As a result, we are not currently accepting new applications under the Great Public Spaces grantmaking strategy.

We expect to announce changes to the Creative Communities grantmaking program in summer 2021, begin accepting applications in fall 2021, and plan to award the first grants in 2022. We will do our best to provide timely, clear, and accessible information to help both past grantees and potential applicants understand these changes. There will be many opportunities for arts, culture, and public space organizations to learn and ask questions about the new grantmaking program, its priorities, its eligibility requirements, its guidelines, and how to apply.

 

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What We Fund

The Foundation works to support equitable access to great public spaces.

We believe that great public spaces strengthen communities. They are places in which we spend time with family, friends, and neighbors. They can also promote health through physical activity, help children learn through play, enhance appreciation of the natural environment, and offer platforms for cultural expression.

Great public spaces come in many forms, including parks, libraries, recreation centers, trails, waterways, community gardens, community centers, plazas and play areas.

We seek to fund public space efforts that value:

  1. Enriching Experiences: members of the public, especially children and elders, experience the space in ways that promote wellbeing and joy.
  2. Meaningful Community and Stakeholder Involvement: local knowledge, expertise, and interests are respected through engagement, partnership, and co-creation.
  3. Inclusion: public spaces strive for social and racial inclusivity, e.g., through age-friendly design, multi-lingual communication, culturally-relevant programming, transportation access, and marketing.
  4. Civic & Natural Context: public spaces reflect their local community and/or natural context, e.g., through public art, ecological restoration, or other connections to area histories.
  5. Quality Design & Materials: quality design and materials contribute to positive community identity, ensure durability and longevity, and contribute to environmental sustainability.
  6. Resilience: stewardship and maintenance are priorities, not afterthoughts.