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NB Creative ARPA Grant Program
The Art is Everywhere! and Wicked Cool Places ARPA Grant Programs intend to help advance New Bedford, Massachusetts as one of the most culturally unique and creative cities in America.
This is a combined application to apply for one or both of the grant programs. Deadline is Oct. 31.
Both grant programs prioritize creative solutions to expedite the recovery of the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant awards between $2,500 and $20,000 will be invested in projects from smaller scalable ideas to larger big ideas. Individuals, non-profits, community groups, and for-profits are all eligible to apply.
In order to be eligible, projects must:
- Be based within New Bedford, MA.
- Be reasonably designed to benefit New Bedford’s Tourism, Travel, and Hospitality Industry as a whole or creatively solve a COVID-19 public health problem.
- Be in a disproportionately impacted industry: 1) Arts, Entertainment and Recreation; 2) Childcare Facilities; 3) Accommodation and Food Services; 4) Personal Care Services (gyms, salons, etc.); 5) Leisure and Hospitality.
- Be a placekeeping or placemaking project as defined above
- Art Is Everywhere: This grant aims to support projects that directly impact one or more current challenges facing residents, visitors and/or businesses in New Bedford’s neighborhoods.
Wicked Cool Places: This grant aims to support placemaking or placekeeping projects that directly involve and impact residents, visitors and/or businesses in New Bedford’s neighborhoods. Projects should be designed for making or keeping a place where things are happening, and people want to be.