Indiana Launches "Quick Win" Creative Placemaking Grants

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The State of Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (Visit Indiana) have launched the Quick Impact Placebased (QuIP) grant program.  The grant is designed to fund the type of space enhancement and community transformation that sparks community-wide conversation and creativity.

The most competitive applications will likely demonstrate strong partnerships, as placemaking involves a working coalition of local governments, residents, community groups, and organizations as well as business and community agencies. Youth (students of all ages and recent graduate or graduate-age individuals) involvement in the project design and implementation is strongly encouraged. There are many types of eligible projects, and grant dollars should be used to create a small change that spurs conversation and community engagement. The space should in some way be transformed for the better. Existing and underutilized assets should include a new or additional use. The arts should be an overall component of your community transformation and used as an agent of change.

Who is eligible to apply?  All applicants must be within the state of Indiana.

  • Community Groups or Organizations
  • Local Units of Government
  • Schools (all schools, including K-12, college, university, and trade & vocational)

What kinds of projects are eligible?  Use this list to spark your imagination:  it is not an inclusive list!  Be creative!

  • Alley activation using the arts
  • Creative project to showcase community identity
  • Enhancement of existing underutilized public assets into a new or usable space
  • Interactive life-size games or game sheds for public use
  • Pop-up gathering spots
  • Transforming vacant store fronts
  • Unique signage or identifiers
  • and more!

How much money can be requested?

Grant requests between $2,500 and $5,000 will be accepted. There is a 1 to .5 local match requirement. The match can either be cash, in-kind contributions, or a combination of both. The grant amount cannot be less than 10% of total project cost (example: a request for $5,000 of a $75,000 project would be ineligible)

What is the application process?

Visit the grant website to read the complete grant information and download all application forms.

When is the submission deadline?

Applications must be received by 4 p.m. EST on Friday, April 21, 2017. If you’re interested in applying contact your local community liaison for more information.

QUESTIONS?  Direct all questions to your OCRA Community Liaison.  A list is found here:


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