Creative Placemaking Scholarship Information


Scholarship Opportunity: Beyond Big Cities: Creative Placemaking for Southern Small Towns and Rural Communities, March 15-16, 2018, Chattanooga, TN

South Arts, the Southern regional arts organization, is facilitating scholarship opportunities to attend the Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit, March 15-16, 2018 in Chattanooga, TN. Beyond Big Cities: Creative Placemaking in Southern Small Towns and Rural Communities is presented by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking in partnership with South Arts and ArtPlace America, and is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

A limited number of $500.00 scholarships are offered to organizations within the Southern region to offset registration fees and travel/lodging costs associated with conference attendance.  South Arts encourages organizations to send teams of two or more to the conference. Awards are limited to one scholarship per organization. Preference will be given to attendees from small and rural communities.

Note: Population of 50,000 or below is one standard definition of rural. For this program, South Arts will use this as a guidepost only; applicants may describe why their community should be considered small or rural.

Information about the conference and online registration can be found at

How to Apply

Application procedures are determined by the location where the applicant resides:

Apply directly to South Arts if you live in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana or any of the following counties in Tennessee: Bledsoe, Bradley, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, Rhea, and Sequatchie.

If you live in the following states: (Funder requirements may vary. Please contact the state coordinator for details):

Eligibility (for direct applications to South Arts. Individual state funder requirements may vary):

  • Non-profit arts organizations, educational institutions and governments in the above states may apply. Applicants should be arts presenting, producing or service organizations, educational institutions or government departments with a commitment to supporting arts and culture in their communities.
  • Organizations must have not-for-profit, tax-exempt status or be an official unit of local, county or state government.
  • All applicants must have a DUNS number. Applications will not be accepted from organizations that do not have a DUNS number. Find out more about the DUNS number and how to get one.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate adequate sources of funds for expenses not covered by the scholarship.
  • Applicants agree to pay all costs up front pending reimbursement of the scholarship amount upon receipt of an acceptable final report and reimbursement request.
  • Applicants agree to submit a final report*, evaluation and to participate in a 12-month follow-up conversation about creative placemaking.

Deadline: Complete the online application by 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 31, 2018. South Arts will notify applicants of their status the week of February 5.


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These scholarships are made possible through support from:

  • Alabama State Council on the Arts
  • Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
  • Georgia Council on the Arts
  • Kentucky Arts Council
  • Louisiana Division of the Arts
  • Lyndhurst Foundation
  • Mississippi Arts Commission
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • North Carolina Arts Council
  • South Carolina Arts Commission
  • Tennessee Arts Commission

* Final report contents will include:

  • Actual expenses associated with attending the conference
  • Sessions attended
  • Did you achieve the outcomes you identified by attending the conference?
  • How will you use the information from the conference in your work or community?
  • Was the conference a catalyst for initiating a creative placemaking project in your community?
  • Conference evaluation ratings