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Deadline: February 9, 2023

National Endowment for the Arts: Grants for Arts Projects (round 1)

Applications are due to grants.gov by February 9, 2023. The deadline for submittals to the NEA applicant portal is February 21, 2023.

Note: A second round of funding will also be made available, with a deadline of July 6, 2023.

Grants for Arts Projects is the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) principal grants program. Through project-based funding, opportunities for public engagement with the arts and arts education, for the integration of the arts with strategies promoting the health and well-being of people and communities, and for the improvement of overall capacity and capabilities within the arts sector. 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.

Arts projects in the following disciplines are eligible: Artist Communities, Arts Education, Dance, Design, Folk & Traditional Arts, Literary Arts, Local Arts Agencies, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Arts, Theater, and Visual Arts. A project may consist of one or more specific events or activities; it may be a new initiative or part of your organization’s regular season or activities. Organizations may apply for any or all phases of a project, from its planning through its implementation. A project should not encompass all of an organization’s activities or costs in a given year. See solicitation for details.

The NEA is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and fostering mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all individuals and groups. While it welcomes applications for a variety of artistically excellent projects, it encourages projects that address any of the following activities below:

  • Elevate artists as integral and essential to a healthy and vibrant society.
  • Celebrate the nation’s creativity and/or cultural heritage.
  • Facilitate cross-sector collaborations that center the arts at the intersection of other disciplines, sectors, and industries.
  • Contribute to healthy and thriving local, regional, state-wide, and national arts ecosystems and arts infrastructures.
  • Invest in organizational capacity-building and leadership development for arts organizations, arts workers, and artists.
  • Build arts organizations’ capacity to serve a broad public through digital or emergent technology and/or support tech-centered creative practices across all artistic disciplines and forms.
  • Originate from or are in collaboration with Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Tribal Colleges and Universities; American Indian and Alaska Native tribes; Predominantly Black Institutions; Hispanic Serving Institutions; Asian American and Pacific Islander communities; and Organizations that support the independence and lifelong inclusion of people with disabilities.

Amount: Applicants may request grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, with a common award amount of less than $25,000. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required.

Designated local arts agencies eligible to subgrant may request from $30,000 to $150,000 for subgranting programs in the Local Arts Agencies discipline.

Eligibility: Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes. 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 NEA.

Link: https://www.arts.gov/grants/grants-for-arts-projects

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