Promotion of the Arts Grants to Organizations and Individuals
To support 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; the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life; and increased public knowledge and understanding about the contributions of the arts.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
National Endowment For The Arts, National Foundation On The Arts and The Humanities
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2017
The National Endowment for the Arts received more than 6,300 applications and made approximately 2,400 awards in all 50 States and six special jurisdictions for a broad variety of arts projects.Fiscal Year 2018
The National Endowment for the Arts received more than 5,600 applications and made approximately 2,300 awards in all 50 states, D.C., and six special jurisdictions for a broad variety of arts projects.Fiscal Year 2019
The National Endowment for the Arts anticipates receiving approximately 5,600 applications and will make approximately 2,300 awards in all 50 states, D.C., and six special jurisdictions for a broad variety of arts projects.Fiscal Year 2020
The President has proposed the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts. Pending action by the Congress, the agency will continue to accept grant applications for FY 2020 at its usual deadlines.
National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, Public Law 089-209, 20 U.S.C. 951 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Tax-exempt organizations meeting the following conditions may apply: (1) No part of any earnings may benefit a private stockholder or individual, and (2) donations to the organization are allowable as charitable deductions under Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. Examples of eligible organizations are arts institutions, arts service organizations, local arts agencies, official units of state and local governments, federally recognized tribal communities, and Indian tribes. Generally, an organization may submit only one application for a single project under one of the category deadlines; must have a three-year history of arts programming prior to the application deadline; and must have submitted acceptable final reports by the due date for all National Endowment for the Arts grants previously received. Individuals must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and, according to 20 U.S.C. 954 (c), must demonstrate exceptional talent. Currently, the only individuals eligible to apply directly are published creative writers and translators. Certain master artists who have made extraordinary contributions to the arts in the United States are eligible for honorary fellowships awarded on the basis of nominations. See respective funding opportunities, guidelines, or program announcements for further information.
Through activities and services supported, beneficiaries include the general public and artists as well as nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, local arts agencies, local education agencies (school districts), federally recognized tribal communities and Indian tribes, literary artists, and master artists.
Applicants should review relevant funding opportunities, guidelines, or program announcements at arts.gov for full requirements. For individuals, Literature Fellowship applicants must be published writers. Nominators of candidates for National Endowment for the Arts honorary fellowships for master artists must document the candidate's significant contribution to the applicable art form.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must obtain current National Endowment for the Arts funding opportunities, guidelines, or program announcements (available at arts.gov). Applicants must adhere to instructions, and must submit their applications through Grants.gov and the agency's Applicant Portal (if applicable).
Applications generally receive three independent levels of review. First, they are reviewed by independent, national panels of artists and other arts experts. Panel recommendations are forwarded to the National Council on the Arts, which then makes recommendations to the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Chairman reviews the Council's recommendations and makes the final decision on all awards.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Range of approval/disapproval time varies by funding category. Dependent on deadline dates and meetings of the National Council on the Arts. Details can be found in the funding opportunities, guidelines, and program announcements available at arts.gov.
Information on requests for reconsideration may be obtained from the headquarters office.
How are proposals selected?
The primary criteria by which all applications are assessed are artistic excellence and artistic merit. For any additional criteria, consult respective funding opportunities, guidelines, or program announcements available at arts.gov.
How may assistance be used?
The National Endowment for the Arts' grants support projects that include: opportunities for individuals to experience and participate in a wide range of art forms and activities; the preservation of significant works of art and cultural traditions; the presentation of artistic works of all cultures and periods; opportunities for artists to create, refine, perform, and exhibit their work; new models to create work or engage audiences; access to creative arts therapies and evidence-based programs in the arts and health; standards-based arts education activities for K-12 students; learning in the arts at all stages of life; creative placemaking that integrates the arts into the fabric of community life; opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of arts organizations and artists; development, production and national distribution of innovative media projects about the arts and of media projects that can be considered art; professional development for artists and arts-related educators; the recognition of artists for their contributions to our nation's artistic heritage; partnerships with other government agencies and entities to carry out quality projects or initiatives of mutual interest including international cultural exchange; other activities that acquaint foreign artists and cultural officials with the best of American culture; research that analyzes the value and impact of the arts in the United States; and initiatives intended to address special needs or opportunities.
Consult the current funding opportunities, guidelines, or program announcements for the area of interest for complete information (see arts.gov).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance monitoring may be applicable for certain awards.
No audits are required for National Endowment for the Arts awardees who are individuals.
Award-related records must be retained by the grantee for 3 years following submission of the Final Federal Financial Report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching is mandatory. Grant awards to organizations generally must have a cost share of at least 1:1 with nonfederal funds. Awards to individuals do not require a cost share.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The length of time the assistance is available and money awarded can be spent varies according to project or grant category. Most grants have a one-year period of performance; some extend longer. Grantees must submit a request for payment to cover immediate allowable project expenses. Generally, these requests for payment may be submitted at any time during the period of performance.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
National Endowment for the Arts
Washington, DC 20506 USA
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$70,313,432.00; FY 19 est $69,942,424.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available - The President has proposed the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts. Pending action by the Congress, the agency will continue to accept grant applications for FY 2020 at its usual deadlines.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Most of the National Endowment for the Arts' regular grants range from $10,000 to $100,000. Grants of $100,000 or more are made only in rare instances, and only for projects that the National Endowment for the Arts determines demonstrate exceptional national or regional significance and impact. In the past few years, well over half of our grants have been for amounts less than $25,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Visit our website at arts.gov for funding opportunities, guidelines, or program announcements.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017
Listings for FY 2017 grants are posted on www.arts.gov.Fiscal Year 2018
Listings for FY 2018 are posted at arts.gov.Fiscal Year 2019
Listings for FY 2019 will be posted at arts.gov as grants are obligated.