NEA Research: Art Works, FY 2015


“The Arts Endowment’s support of a project may start on May 1, 2015, or any time thereafter.” In September 2012, the NEA's Office of Research & Analysis published its five-year research agenda, supported by a system map and measurement model. Titled How Art Works, the report offers a framework for studying research topics critical to a broader public understanding of the arts' value and/or impact for individuals and communities. The How Art Works map (see below) presents several different research areas, each ripe for fresh inquiry. To obtain an accurate understanding of each area of the map, researchers can collect and analyze data on a host of variables. Research areas include the system's core components of Arts Participation and Arts Creation; the system's inputs (Arts Infrastructure and Education & Training); and the system's main outcomes, e.g., cognitive or emotional benefits to individuals, or civic or economic benefits to communities. The map is not prescriptive. It is intended primarily to communicate to potential applicants a cluster of topics and relationships that the NEA aims to explore.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 11/20/2014 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office: National Endowment for the Arts
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Number of Awards Available
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
“The Arts Endowment’s support of a project may start on May 1, 2015, or any time thereafter.” Official applicant organizations must be nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes. This may include, but is not limited to, colleges and universities. See "How to Prepare and Submit an Application" for the documentation that is required to demonstrate eligibility. Ineligible applications will not be reviewed. For projects that involve multiple organizations, one organization that meets the eligibility requirements below must act as the official applicant, submit the application, and assume full responsibility for the grant. Partnering organizations are not required to meet the same eligibility requirements as the official applicant organization. To be eligible, the official applicant organization must: • Meet the Arts Endowment's "Legal Requirements," including nonprofit, tax-exempt status at the time of application. • Have three consecutive years of operating history prior to the application deadline. • Have submitted acceptable Final Report packages by the due date(s) for all Arts Endowment award(s) previously received.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Application Procedure
“The system must receive your validated and accepted application no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on October 21, 2014.”
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has cost sharing or matching requirements.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Headquarters Office
NEA Web Manager
Website Address
E-mail Address
Financial Information
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards range from $10,000.00 to $30,000.00


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