Requests may be submitted for feasibility studies, use plans, need assessment and other contracted work related to the intended operations for an arts facility. This phase is generally considered preliminary to and necessary for actual design work and construction.

The planning proposed must begin and end within the grant year for which funds are awarded. Requests must include licensed professionals with demonstrated expertise in urban and/or community planning, architecture, landscape design or historic preservation. Community and broad-based constituent involvement in the planning process is encouraged and expected.

Criteria for Funding

  • Potential impact of the project to community
  • Strength of the professional team involved with the project
  • Strength of community support and grant match
  • The artistic merit and integrity of the project/facility in question
  • Degree of stability of applicant organization
  • Short and long-term appropriateness of ownership
  • The degree of broad community involvement in all phases of the project.

Who May Apply

Applicants may be any arts organization, non-profit organization or city/county government. Science and technology centers, historic homes, no-art halls of fame, office spaces, non-art museums and schools will not eligible for support under this program. State Agencies and institutions or groups receiving annual state appropriations are also not eligible to apply under this program.


In this component, grant funds must be matched at least dollar for dollar. In-kind services are not allowable as match. It is expected that requests will include the cost of drawings and text defining project objectives and community benefits. Grants in the planning phase will generally not exceed $20,000.