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Creative Placemaking Project Support Grants Available

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Creative Placemaking Project Support Grants Available



Englewood Village Creative Grant:  Request for Proposals

About the Opportunity:

The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) and Englewood Community Development Corporation (ECDC), and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) are partnering to support creative placemaking projects within the Englewood Village Great Places 2020 area–the 1⁄4 mile radius around E. Washington & Oxford. They define ‘creative placemaking’ as people coming together to make positive physical, economic, and social impacts in their neighborhood through art, culture, and creativity. We are soliciting proposals from a broad range of creative practices that contribute to the cultural identity of the Englewood Village Great Place.

About Great Places 2020:

Great Places 2020 is a collective impact effort to transform strategic Indianapolis neighborhoods into walkable town centers of culture, commerce, and community in conjunction with Indianapolis’s bicentennial in 2020. Three neighborhoods have been identified as these target areas, including the 1⁄4 mile neighborhood centered around East Washington and Oxford Streets on the Near Eastside; 38th and Illinois Streets; and West Michigan and King Streets. Investments in livability, opportunity, vitality, and education build on existing neighborhood momentum with a vision for vibrant, mixed-use neighborhoods welcoming residents and visitors alike.

Applicant Eligibility:

This opportunity is open to applicants from Central Indiana.  Strong preference is given to those who live within the Englewood Village Great Places area, defined as the 1⁄4 mile radius around East Washington Street and North Oxford Street. Preference is given to individuals or organizations who live, work, or play on the Near Eastside, defined as the geographic area with Emerson Ave to the east; CSX railroad to the south; I-65 to the west; and I-70 to the north. Applicants should provide explanation of their Near Eastside connection.

Project Eligibility:

Successful projects will connect people together with the distinct place, history, stories, or culture of the Englewood Village Great Place. We encourage a broad range of creative practices. Projects could range from place-based art installations, craft-based projects, music, performances, culinary achievements, special events, etc.

Suggested Spaces:

Seven spaces have been identified as key areas for projects (see attachment C in full materials). While projects may be located in other areas of the neighborhood, preference will be given to projects addressing these suggested spaces.

Site tours will be conducted on Thursday, May 4th at 4 pm and Monday, May 8th at 6 pm. Please RSVP with Joe Bowling at The tours will meet at in the parking lot of the East Washington Branch Public Library at 2822 East Washington Street.

If you would like a site tour but the previous dates and times do not work, please contact Joe Bowling at or 317-496-2662 to schedule your tour.

Funding Criteria:

  • Projects should have a ‘public’ benefit (located in a public place, or open to public) and directly benefit the Great Place area.
  • Projects can be located in several discrete locations. Suggested spaces for potential projects are noted in this call.
  • Projects that will leave a lasting impact will be given highest consideration.
  • If you do not have an identified artist or maker to execute a project idea, iMOCA can help identify an appropriate artist.
  • The project grant request may not exceed $5,000; if the entire project exceeds $5,000 and the project is funded up to $5,000, the Great Places team will work with the artist to help find additional funding.
  • Proposals should consider how the project addresses:
    • Community cultural development
    • Physical transformation
    • Economic benefits

Funding Decisions:

A committee of arts and Great Places 2020 representatives will review all submissions. Staff will consider the funding criteria stated above. Staff may elect to fund a project in full, or may choose to only fund a portion of the proposed project. Selected proposals will be notified by June 2nd, and announced at a kickoff event on June 7th.


For full project information and the application, email


Dates to Remember:

Submissions due by Friday, May 26th

Contacted by Tuesday, May 30th

Public kickoff celebration Thursday, June 1st

Projects completed by September 31st, 2017

For Questions or Additional Information contact


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