Promotion of the Arts-Leadership Initiatives


The National Endowment for the Arts enriches our Nation and its diverse cultural heritage by supporting works of artistic excellence, advancing learning in the arts, and strengthening the arts in communities throughout the country. In fiscal years 2003-2004, this mission is accomplished through support for Leadership Initiatives, identified by the Endowment, which advance the arts significantly and have demonstrable national, regional or field-wide importance. Projects funded under this program further one or more of the Endowment's strategic goals: access to the arts, artistic creativity and preservation, learning in the arts, and partnerships for the arts. The Endowment either seeks proposals for particular, discrete projects through program solicitations, or invites grant applications through broader, thematic guidelines. Two categories of honorific awards to individuals also are made under this program: National Heritage Fellowships (including the Bess Lomax Hawes Award), to excellent master folk and traditional artists who have contributed to the Nation's arts heritage; and American Jazz Masters, to distinguished jazz artists who have contributed significantly to the art form.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 05/03/2004 (Program elements of 45.026 consolidated into 45.024 Promotion of the Arts_Grants to Organizations and Individuals)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants.
Program Accomplishments
In fiscal year 2002: Folk & Traditional Arts Infrastructure Initiative: 42 grants awarded in 32 states. National Heritage Fellowships: 13 awards. American Jazz Masters: 3 awards. Save America's Treasures (with Federal partners National Park Service, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Institute for Museum & Library Services): 80 awards (14 administered by the Arts Endowment) in 36 states and 2 special jurisdictions. Other Leadership Initiatives awards: 11.
National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, Public Law 89-209, 20 U.S.C. 951 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Organizations: Nonprofit 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 qualify 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. The 56 State and special jurisdictional arts agencies and their regional arts organizations are permitted to apply if they are operating under Endowment-approved plans. The Folk & Traditional Arts Infrastructure Initiative is limited to 56 State and special jurisdictional arts agencies; regional organizations of State arts agencies; and other State or local public entities or nonprofit tax-exempt organizations that support the folk and traditional arts on a statewide basis in partnership with State arts agencies. In addition to organizations mentioned above, Save America's Treasures welcomes applications from specified Federal agencies (see guidelines or contact the Endowment). Individuals: Individuals must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and, according to Public Law 89-209, Section 5(c), must demonstrate exceptional talent. National Heritage Fellowships (and the Bess Lomax Hawes Award) and American Jazz Masters are open to nominations only; no one may nominate him/herself. Both are one-time awards. (See respective program announcements for further information.) Contact the Endowment for pertinent additional eligibility information for all Leadership Initiatives.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Nonprofit organizations, Federal, State, and local government entities, local arts agencies, master folk and traditional artists, masters of jazz in the African-American tradition. Through activities and services supported, artists and the general public will benefit.
Organizations: Nonprofit organizations are required to submit a copy of their Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) tax exemption determination letter with their applications. For institutions of higher education, allowable costs will be determined according to OMB Circular No. A-21; for other nonprofit organizations making application, allowable costs will be determined according to OMB Circular No. A-122. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. Individuals: Nominators of candidates for National Heritage Fellowships/Bess Lomax Hawes Award or American Jazz Masters must document candidate's contribution to the art form. (See respective guidelines or program announcements for additional requirements.)
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Contact the Endowment for information about funding opportunities, guidelines, or program announcements. Applicants to the Folk & Traditional Arts Infrastructure Initiative grant category must use standard forms in corresponding guidelines. Nominations for National Heritage Fellowships or American Jazz Masters must conform to requirements in the respective program announcements. This entire program is excluded from coverage under E.O.12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs."
Application Procedure
Organizations: Applicants must obtain current Endowment guidelines. Additional supplemental materials may be required. Individuals: Honorific fellowships: Nominations for National Heritage Fellowships/Bess Lomax Hawes Award or American Jazz Masters must conform to requirements in the respective program announcements. Consult respective guidelines or program announcements for procedures particular to each Leadership Initiative, or contact the Endowment. As applicable, this program is subject to provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 110, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations" and OMB Circular No. A-102, "Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments."
Award Procedure
Organizations: Applications are reviewed by a panel of individuals with appropriate expertise, including at least one knowledgeable layperson. The panel recommends projects to be supported; Endowment staff reconcile proposed awards with available funds. Panel funding recommendations are reviewed in open session by the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body to the Endowment. The Council's decision not to fund an application is final. All applications the Council has recommended for funding are then considered by the Endowment's Chairman, who makes the final award decisions. Individuals: The same process applies to review of nominations for honorific fellowships; reviewing panelists are from the folk and traditional arts fields or the jazz field.
FY 2003 Save America's Treasures - May 20, 2003 (extended from March 20, 2003). FY 2004 Folk & Traditional Arts Infrastructure - postmarked no later than October 1, 2003. FY 2004 National Heritage Fellowships - postmarked no later than October 1, 2003. FY 2005 American Jazz Masters - January 23, 2004. Contact the Endowment about deadlines for future funding cycles of these grant categories, as well for other Leadership Initiatives.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Dependent on meetings of the National Council on the Arts.
Information on requests for reconsideration may be obtained from the headquarters office.
How are proposals selected?
Generally, primary criteria for assessing all proposals for Endowment funding are artistic excellence and artistic merit. For additional criteria, consult Folk & Traditional Arts Infrastructure Initiative guidelines or respective program announcements for National Heritage Fellowships/Bess Lomax Hawes Award and American Jazz Masters nominations. Contact the Endowment for information about criteria for other Leadership funding opportunities in fiscal years 2003-2004 and beyond.
How may assistance be used?
Leadership Initiatives include projects supported for short or intermediate periods, e.g., Shakespeare in American Communities, a nationwide, 100-community tour of Shakespeare plays by six U.S. theater companies, including performances, production workshops and symposia, and educational programs in local schools; successive initiatives to assist production and touring in the dance field, one foused on contemporary works, the other on 20th-century American classics; JazzNet, a jointly funded initiative with a charitable foundation designed to strengthen the field of jazz by providing multiyear support to the country's leading jazz presenters; Save America's Treasures, grants for preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts and historic structures and sites, funded in partnership with other Federal cultural agencies and the National Park Service (Department of the Interior). Leadership Initiatives also include activities sustained by long-term Endowment support, e.g., the Mayors Institute for City Design, Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions. Leadership Initiatives also encompass continuing award categories that solicit applications or nominations. Currently these are the Folk & Traditional Arts Infrastructure Initiative and the honorific awards, National Heritage Fellowships and American Jazz Masters awards. Recipients of honorific awards may use the funds to do further work in their field. Pilot grant programs, such as the precursors to Challenge America Arts Access "fast track" grants (see 45.024 entry above), also may begin as Leadership Initiatives. (For further information about Leadership funding opportunities, contact the Endowment.)
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Organizations: Progress reports are required for all grants, and must be submitted at the time the cumulative amount requested exceeds two-thirds of the grant amount. Final reports, comprising financial and narrative components, are required for all grants within 90 days of the end of the grant period. In some instances, products of grant projects also may be required as part of the final report. Award recipients also must report on the geographic location of funded activity within 30 days of award receipt. Individuals: no reports required of National Heritage Fellowships or American Jazz Masters awardees.
Organizations: All awardees must comply with audit requirements mandated by OMB Circular No. A-133, "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations." Nonprofit institutions expending $300,000 or more a year in Federal awards shall have an audit made in accordance with A-133's provisions. State and local governments expending $300,000 or more in Federal awards within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made for that year in accordance with A-133's provisions. Individuals: None.
Award-related records must be retained by award recipient for three years following submission of the final financial status report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Leadership grants to organizations generally must be matched at least 1:1. Awards to individuals are nonmatching.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Length of assistance period and timing of funds disbursement will vary according to project or grant category. (See respective guidelines and program announcements.) Generally, requests for payment to cover immediate project expenses may be received at any time.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Not applicable.
Headquarters Office
National Endowment for the Arts, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20506-0001. For general information, telephone (202) 682-5400. Web site: Leadership Coordinator: telephone (202) 682-5489. Save America's Treasures: (202) 682-5516; information about this program also may be obtained from National Park Service at (202) 343-9570. Mayors Institute for City Design: (202) 682-5796. Folk & Traditional Arts Infrastructure Initiative: (202) 682-5678 or 682-5726. National Heritage Fellowships: (202) 682-5678 or 682-5726. American Jazz Masters: (202) 682-5436. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing should call Voice/T.T.: (202) 682-5496. Individuals unable to read conventional print should contact the Endowment's Office for AccessAbility for help in acquiring an audio recording of guidelines, program announcements, or other initiative funding information: telephone (202) 682-5532.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Grants) FY 02: $11,047,000; FY 03 est $7,708,000; and FY 04 est $6,821,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 2002: Folk & Traditional Arts Infrastructure: $10,000 to $50,000. National Heritage Fellowships: $10,000 (increases to $20,000 in FY 2003). American Jazz Masters: $20,000. Other Leadership Initiatives: $5,000 to $500,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Information about the various Leadership Initiatives funding opportunities may be obtained from the Leadership Coordinator, National Endowment for the Arts, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20506-0001. Guidelines for Folk & Traditional Arts Infrastructure Initiative and program announcements for National Heritage Fellowships and American Jazz Masters nominations are available in downloadable format through the Endowment Web site at Save America's Treasures guidelines are available on the Endowment's Web site or that of the National Park Service,
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal years 2002-2003: Save America's Treasures: Environmental stabilization and climate control improvements to the 1898 Bishop Museum building (Honolulu, HI) to preserve its vast Hawaiian Cultural Collection; deacidification and other conservation treatments of Ohio State University Library's collection of the work and personal papers of notable 20th-century American humorist and cartoonist, James Thurber; archival storage for Museum of the City of New York's LOOK Magazine Photographic Collection, 155,000 negatives, prints, slides, and color transparencies that document images of American life 1937-1965. Other Leadership Initiatives: National College Choreography Initiative, taking 20th- century classic American dances and newly commissioned works to students and audiences in communities across the nation; conservation of the only extant original architectural model (1969-71) of the World Trade Center, which documents that site in its original form; first phase of a multi-year project to develop the next generation of classical music programming for public radio, including an assessment of current programming and establishment of a fund to support related use of new digital technologies. All National Heritage Fellows and American Jazz Masters and recipients of Folk & Traditional Arts Infrastructure grants are listed on the Web site,


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