Improving Community Health and Resilience through the Arts Cohort


Connecting arts and health to create jobs and improve well-being and community conditions in our cities to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

Eligibility and application requirements include:

• Commitment to leverage local ARPA Funding: Participating cities, towns, and villages will allocate at least 2% of their respective ARPA funds, with a minimum commitment of $500,000, to support an arts and wellness project within their respective communities by July 2024. A submitted application affirms that your municipality is committed to the use of these resources.
• Ability to assemble an effective core team- which includes a combination of top city executives (mayor, city manager) and/or cabinet-level city staff and senior departmental staff, local artists and/or local arts organizations, leaders from local CHCs, community representatives, and leaders from other key partner organizations (e.g., community-based organizations, business leaders, etc.).
• Commitment of support by the mayor and or city manager
• Commitment by local project team to participate in quarterly peer-to-peer engagements

Proposal Instructions

Up to nine cities will be selected for this project. Only one application per municipality will be considered and must be submitted with the full support of the mayor and/or city manager.

Important: As your city team works together to prepare its proposal, please refer to the Request for Proposal PDF. This PDF should serve as a guide when submitting your formal application here.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of interest from their Mayor or City Manager to coo@nlc.org by December 17, 2021.

Complete proposals must be received no later than February 4, 2022, by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Cities will be notified of their selection status by March 2022.
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