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Neighborworks Anchorage Named Finalist For $3 Million Grant from ArtPlace America


May 4, 2015—ArtPlace America announced NeighborWorks® Anchorage as one of 21 finalist organizations that have been selected from a pool of 261 applications to participate in the ArtPlace America Community Development Investments program. Six organizations from around the nation will be chosen from the finalists in August 2015 to receive funds.

The Community Development Investments (CDI) is a one-time program that will support place-based organizations with a primary mission of community planning and development to incorporate arts and cultural strategies into their work. The program will provide each organization up to $3 million in grant funding over three years, as well as access to national creative placemaking experts, a team that will look at the deployment of debt capital, a team to advise on federal grant opportunities, and a team that will focus on research and documentation throughout the program.

“We are thrilled with the quality, depth, and breadth of the 261 applications we received for this program from community planning and development organizations across the country,” said ArtPlace Executive Director Jamie Bennett. “The 21 finalists represent extraordinary opportunities to integrate arts and cultural strategies into the work of organizations that serve as long-term stewards for their communities.”

“NeighborWorks® Anchorage is pleased to be one of the organizations chosen to be in the final selection pool. This will give us the opportunity to continuing furthering our goals in support of Alaskans. NeighborWorks® Anchorage is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for families and individuals by preserving homes, creating new housing opportunities and strengthening neighborhoods. We have a history of fostering positive change by working with local and state government, as well as residents and business owners in neighborhoods, to formulate a plan to help build stronger communities.”

NeighborWorks® Anchorage is part of a diverse finalist pool. The CDI finalists have a wide range of contexts and focuses, from community development corporations to public health organizations to universities working on challenges from housing development to food systems to commercial corridors. Finalists were selected from six defined geographic regions across the country through a review process that included experts in the fields of community development and creative placemaking.

One organization from each of the six regions, including Alaska, will be chosen to participate in the program, which will begin in September 2015. Along with NeighborWorks® Anchorage, the other two finalists from Alaska are Cook Inlet Housing Authority in Anchorage and The Association of Village Council Presidents in Bethel.

Representatives from each organization will join other finalists and ArtPlace grantees and partners at the annual ArtPlace Grantee Summit in Philadelphia this week (May 4-6, 2015). The Grantee Summit will be live-streamed via www.artplaceamerica.org.

ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a ten-year collaboration of foundations, banks, and federal agencies that exists to position art and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities. Visit www.artplaceamerica.org for more information. For more information about NeighborWorks® Alaska visit their website at www.nwanchorage.org and like them on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/NeighborWorksAnchorage.


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