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National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works

Deadline: February 14, 2019

Art Works is the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) principal grants program. Through project-based funding, NEA supports public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation, the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Projects may be large or small, existing or new, and may take place in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

NEA encourages applications for artistically excellent projects that address any of the following activities below:

  • Honor the 2020 centennial of women’s voting rights in the United States (aka the Women’s Suffrage Centennial)
  • Engage with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); Hispanic or Latino organizations; or the Native American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian arts
  • Celebrate America’s creativity and cultural heritage
  • Invite a dialogue that fosters a mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all persons and groups
  • Enrich humanity by broadening understanding of individuals and society

Discipline areas through which applicants may apply include:

  • Artist Communities
  • Arts Education
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Folk & Traditional Arts
  • Literature
  • Local Arts Agencies
  • Media Arts
  • Museums
  • Music
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
  • Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
  • Theater
  • Visual Arts

Amount: Matching grants generally will range from $10,000 to $100,000. No grants will be made below $10,000. Grants of $100,000 or more will be made only in rare instances, and only for projects that the NEA determines demonstrate exceptional national or regional significance and impact. In the past few years, well over half of the NEA’s grants have been for amounts less than $25,000.

Eligibility: Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes may apply. Applicants may be arts organizations, local arts agencies, arts service organizations, local education agencies (school districts), and other organizations that can help advance the goals of the National Endowment for the Arts. Applicants must have a three-year history of arts programming prior to the application deadline.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=311054

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