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Animating Infrastructure

Animating Infrastructure Grants support community projects that integrate art with infrastructure improvements. Through this program, the Council strives to demonstrate the positive impact of art in helping communities meet goals of livability, walkability, safety, economic vitality, and community vibrancy, and to support the creation of unique infrastructure projects where function and art are one and the same.

The Council’s definition of infrastructure is broad. It includes community facilities and services such as buildings, trails, water or sewer systems, roads, power systems, parks, and more.

Functional components of infrastructure—such as sidewalks, railings, benches, walls, signs, stairs, and tree grates in the built and/or natural environment—have the potential for artistic enhancement that creates unique places where people want to live, work, visit, and play.

The guidelines for 2021 included a two-phase process: Phase one required a letter of interest, and in phase two, a small number of applicants from phase one were invited to develop a full proposal.

To learn more watch this short video about the power of public art in Vermont communities.

Recent years’ funded projects

Albany Community Trust, Inc., Albany
$5,000 to design a mural or functional public sculpture for the new Albany General Store

Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury
$15,000 to support the design and installation of a vibrant light and art-filled passage/tunnel connecting the downtown and the riverfront

Fairlee Community Arts, Fairlee
$15,000 to support the design and installation of public art that will transform an insterstate underpass into a welcoming connection between commerce corridor and outdoor recreation assets

Town of Bennington, Bennington
$15,000 to support the the design and integration of public art into a boundary fence and outdoor shelter at the Bennington Recreation Center

Town of St. Albans, St. Albans
$10,000 to support the fabrication and installation of a wood-carved "Champ" sculpture and carved benches with display panels in St. Albans Bay Park

Click here to view past years' grantees.


Accessibility questions

The Council accepts grant applications via an online form. If you require an alternate format or assistance to access the application, please contact the grant program manager listed above or Michele Bailey, accessibility coordinator by email or at 802.402.4614. Voice and relay calls welcome.