The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is currently accepting applications for the 2015 Our Town grant program.  This competitive program supports creative placemaking projects that revitalize local economies, promote livability, and showcase the distinct character and quality of a community.  Proposals may include projects centered on arts engagement, cultural planning, or design, all of which must be carried out by a local government entity in partnership with a nonprofit organization.  This year the NEA is also offering a pilot program under the Our Town umbrella for organizations that build knowledge about creative placemaking, including providing technical assistance, training opportunities, and mentorship programs.