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National Arts Partnership Steps up Big for Community Revitalization

National Arts Partnership Steps up Big for Community Revitalization | green streets | Scoop.it
An innovative and impressive partnership of philanthropic, financial, and government institutions announced today the awarding of $15.4 million in grants to support cultural initiatives to revitalize and strengthen neighborhoods, towns and cities across the country. Based in Chicago and called ArtPlace, the organization is awarding financial assistance to 47 projects in 33 communities.

 

ArtPlace is a national collaboration of eleven major national and regional foundations, six of the nation’s largest banks, and eight federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts. According to the organization’s website, the institutions are “investing in art and culture at the heart of a portfolio of integrated strategies that can drive vibrancy and diversity so powerful that it transforms communities” with “creative placemaking.” Since its founding, ArtPlace has raised almost $50 million for the concept...

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Smart Growth America to provide free smart growth technical assistance to communities

Smart Growth America to provide free smart growth technical assistance to communities | green streets | Scoop.it

Smart Growth America is pleased to announce technical assistance will now be available to select communities interested in smart growth strategies – free of charge.

The new program has been made possible by a five-year technical assistance grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The grant will be used to provide direct technical assistance to communities across the nation on how to develop local solutions to help their communities grow in ways that benefit families and businesses while protecting the environment and preserving a sense of place.

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E.P.A. Offers $1.8 million in Urban Green Infrastructure Grants

E.P.A. Offers $1.8 million in Urban Green Infrastructure Grants | green streets | Scoop.it
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) is offering up to $1.8 million in new grants for urban green infrastructure projects that both improve water quality and support community revitalization.

Projects that support the restoration of canals, rivers, lakes, wetlands, aquifers, estuaries, bays and oceans qualify.

The E.P.A. argues that improving urban water quality is central to sustainable urban development. “Many urban waterways have been polluted for years by sewage, runoff from city streets and contamination from abandoned industrial facilities. Healthy and accessible urban waters can help grow local businesses and enhance educational, recreational, employment and social opportunities in nearby communities. By promoting public access to urban waterways, E.P.A. will help communities become active participants in restoration and protection.”

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