National Endowment for the Arts: Grants for Arts Projects
Grants for Arts Projects is the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) principal grants program. Through project-based funding, it 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 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:
- Celebrate America’s creativity and/or 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
- In the spirit of White House Executive Orders that encourage federal agencies to engage with typically underserved constituencies, the NEA encourages applications from: Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, American Indian and Alaska Native tribes, African American Serving Institutions, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and organizations that support the independence and lifelong inclusion of people with disabilities
Amount: Grants generally range from $10,000-$100,000. Grants of $100,000 or more will be made only in rare instances, and only for projects that NEA determines demonstrate exceptional national or regional significance and impact. In the past few years, well over half of the agency’s grants have been for amounts less than $25,000. Grants cannot exceed 50% of the total cost of the project. All grants require a nonfederal cost share/match of at least 1 to 1.
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.
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