Delta Creative Place-Making Pilot Initiative

The Delta Regional Authority is an independent federal agency created by Congress in the 'Delta Regional Authority Act of 2000' that serves 252 counties and parishes in an eight-state region: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.

DRA operates
as a federal-state partnership and works with its local development districts by utilizing market-proven processes to improve economic outcomes and enhance the quality of life for the people in the region.

DRA makes strategic investments of federal appropriations into projects supporting basic public infrastructure, transportation improvements, business development with an emphasis on entrepreneurship, and workforce development.

Agency - Delta Regional Authority

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.
Website Address

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The National Endowment of the Arts suggests that, 'Creative place-making is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work - placing arts at the table with land use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies.' The DRA is poised to support the region's cultural and creative economies by providing a platform for the arts and cultural sectors to align their efforts with the public sector to assure the rural way of life will continue, as we build more creative, entrepreneurial and inclusive communities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The Delta Creative Place-making Initiative is designed to help communities enhance the quality of place and quality of life by investing in the distinctive local character of Delta places, for positive economic and community outcomes.

Beneficiary Eligibility

For more information, please visit the Delta Regional Authority website at


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.

Award Procedures

As a component of the DCPI application, all applicants are required to upload the following documents in to the DRA Funding Portal ( -Map/Photos -Letters of Support -Corporation Annual Report -IRS 990/Audit -Bylaws.


Jul 31, 2017 to Sep 01, 2017 Notices of Intent to Apply are due Friday, July 31, 2017 @ 5:00PM. Central Standard Time. To submit a Notice of Intent, please see the DRA Website: Applications are due Monday, July 31, 2017 @ 5:00PM. Partial application submissions will not be accepted Applications will undergo an internal and external four week review process. Awards will be made in September 2017.


Executive Order 12372.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: All Delta Creative Place-making Initiative investments require a non-federal match of at least 1:1, but these matching funds must be cash, or a combination of cash and in-kind contributions. In-kind contributions can include staff time from the primary applicant or partnering organization's leadership. Budget proposals may include matching funds not yet committed at the time of application, but all costs included in the project budget shall be expended within the period of performance outlined in the submission. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

DRA funding and technical assistance provided for DCPI projects will commence on or after September 1, 2017, for a period of up to 24 months. Applicants should allow sufficient time for asset mapping, partnership dialogue and collaboration building, planning, execution, internal evaluation, and project completion/close-out. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: For more information, please visit the DRA website at

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. All non-profit organizations with 501(c)3 status must upload the organization's most recent IRS 990 or independent financial audit.


No Data Available.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 Not Available; FY 17 est $30,900; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available - The DCPI Program has $309,000 of DRA funding. DRA anticipates awarding up to $30,000 to successful applicants and up to 50 hours of intensive technical assistance from select DCPI partners and DRA staff to be expended withing the project period.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

DRA funding and technical assistance provided for DCPI projects will commence on September 1, 2017, for a period of up to 24 months. Applicants should allow sufficient time for asset mapping, partnership dialogue and collaboration building, planning, execution, internal evaluation, and project completion/close-out.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Staresha Hoskins 236 Sharkey Street Suite 400, Clarksdale, Mississippi 38614 Email: Phone: 6624838212

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

1. Does the application address the specific stated goals of the DCPI program? 2. Do the submitted materials clearly indicate the commitment of the primary applicant and other primary partner to this proposal? 3. Do these organizations, and other partners identified in the application, have the capacity, technical expertise, community support and artistic/cultural competencies necessary to design, develop and execute the proposed project? 4. Is there sufficient competence within the cultural/art/design organizations to achieve artistic excellence and project completion? 5. Does the vision for this project, and the stated outcomes, enhance the quality of life, social and economic diversity, community inclusiveness and overall cohesion? 6. Does the proposal reflect creative approaches which address future community plans, priorities, and challenges? 7. Where appropriate, does the proposal address the needs of the under-served populations, including those who experience of the arts have been limited by geography, ethnicity, disability, class or poverty? 8. Is the scale and scope of the proposed project feasible, appropriately funded, and capable of on-time completion? 9. Will the community at large be adequately engaged, to assure the longer term sustainability of the enterprise? 10. Were appropriate evaluations metrics, documentation, and dissemination processes identified, and can they be executed by the partner organizations.

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