National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works
Art Works is the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA’s) principal grants program. Through project-based funding, the 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.
The NEA encourages applications for artistically excellent projects that:
- 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 our humanity by broadening our understanding of ourselves as individuals and as a society
Amount: 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 NEA grants have been for amounts less than $25,000. NEA grants cannot exceed 50% of the total cost of the project. All grants require a non-federal match of at least 1 to 1. For example, if an organization receives a $10,000 grant, the total eligible project costs must be at least $20,000 and the organization must provide at least $10,000 toward the project from nonfederal sources.
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.
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