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Grants to USA Municipalities for Creative Projects to Address Local Issues

Public Art Challenge

GrantWatch ID# 148140
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/15/23 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories municipalities for creative projects to address local issues. The purpose of the program is to support innovative public art projects of all disciplines. Proposals will be evaluated according to the potential positive impact on the city. Funds are intended for municipalities with 30,000 residents or more.

The Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge invites mayors of U.S. cities with 30,000 residents or more to apply for up to $1 million in funding to create temporary public art projects that address important civic issues. Submissions for dynamic works of art across all disciplines will be considered, and proposed projects will be evaluated on their ability to generate public-private collaborations, celebrate creativity and urban identity, and strengthen local economies. The Public Art Challenge encourages mayors to partner with artists, elevating the value of including the creative sector when developing solutions to significant urban problems.

Selection Criteria:

  • Innovative public art project
  • Potential for positive impact on the host city
  • Proof of clear, specific partnership between local government and artists and/or arts organizations
  • Commitment to evaluating outcomes
  • Evidence of technical feasibility of the project idea and its implementation (i.e. staff, consultants, fabricators, engineers, strategy for regulatory approvals, etc.)
  • Appropriate budget and capacity to leverage other sources of support
  • Strong marketing and audience engagement strategies


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
- U.S. cities are required to have 30,000 residents or more to apply.
- Applications must be submitted by the mayor or chief executive of the host city on behalf of a collaboration between the city and an artist and/or arts organization.

Pre-Application Information
The deadline to apply is February 15, 2023, 5 pm Eastern Time.

Grant term: 2023-2025
- Phase 1 Applications Due: February 15, 2023, 5 pm Eastern Time.
- Finalists Announced: Spring 2023
- Phase 2 Applications Due: Spring 2023
- Winners Announced: Fall 2023
- Kick-Off Meetings: Fall 2023
- Installation: 2024-2025 (exceptions may apply)
*Timeline/dates subject to change

Each city can only submit one application for one project.


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Number of Grants
Up to 10 winners will be chosen

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $1 million

Term of Contract
Grant funds will be available for development and execution of the project over a maximum of 24 months following the announcement of final awards.

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