The project, which will establish an arts district in downtown Carrboro, will still move forward.
Former Carrboro ArtsCenter executive director Art Menius, who works on the district’s planning team, said the NEA saw four to five times as many requests for funding than was available — making communities with an existing, budding arts economy like Carrboro a low priority.
The eight-person planning team applied for a $75,000 grant to be matched by the Town of Carrboro.
“We did pretty much all the right things, but there just wasn’t enough money to fund our project,” Menius said.
After two years of planning, the team hopes to present a final recommendation for the district to the Board of Aldermen by the end of this year, completing the first phase of the project.
“The Board of Aldermen will use the report to make a decision on whether or not to move forward on creating an art district in downtown Carrboro,” Menius said.
If they move forward with the plan, the Board of Aldermen will decide whether to fund the project themselves or to apply for the Our Town grant again.