Promotion of the Arts_Partnership Agreements
To develop and maintain partnerships with the state and jurisdictional arts agencies (SAAs) and their regional arts organizations (RAOs) to advance the mission of the National Endowment for the Arts.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: National Endowment for the Arts
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
ADVISORY SERVICES AND COUNSELING; PROJECT GRANTS
Fiscal Year 2014: The Arts Endowment made 63 Partnership awards that enabled SAAs and RAOs to support a variety of arts projects nationwide. Fiscal Year 2015: The Arts Endowment made 63 Partnership awards that will enable SAAs and RAOs to support a variety of arts projects nationwide. Fiscal Year 2016: The Arts Endowment anticipates making 63 Partnership awards to enable SAAs and RAOs to support a variety of arts projects nationwide.
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?
Agencies that are officially designated as the state arts agency by the state government in each of the 50 States and six special U.S. jurisdictions, and that meet the NEA eligibility requirements for SAAs as outlined in the Partnership Agreements guidelines on the NEA's website; regional arts organizations that represent state arts agencies and that meet the NEA eligibility requirements for RAOs as outlined in the Partnership Agreements guidelines on the NEA's website; and organizations providing support services to state and regional arts agencies at a national level.
The official arts agencies of the 50 states and six U.S. jurisdictions, regional arts organizations, and organizations providing support services to SAAs and RAOs at the national level. Through activities and services supported, beneficiaries include local arts agencies, nonprofit organizations, artists, and the general public.
The State Partnership Agreement requires that the agency be legally designated as the official state arts agency and that it meet all NEA eligibility requirements. The Regional Partnership Agreement stipulates that the regional organization must be authorized by three or more state arts agencies to apply for funds on their behalf and that it meet all NEA eligibility requirements. An SAA can belong to only one RAO. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Applicants should consult the Partnership Agreements guidelines (available at www.arts.gov). Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must obtain current Partnership Agreements guidelines at www.arts.gov and adhere to instructions. Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov.
Applications receive three independent levels of review. First, they are reviewed by an independent, national panel of individuals with expertise in the arts and the state and regional arts agency field. 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 grant awards. Partnership Agreements receive panel review on a three-year cycle -- one-third of the SAAs and RAOs are reviewed each year -- with funding subject to annual recommendation and approval by the Council and the Chairman.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The Partnership Agreements deadline is in late September. Applications are generally reviewed by the National Council on the Arts and approved by the NEA Chairman in late March. See the Arts Endowment's website at www.arts.gov for specific dates.
Information on requests for reconsideration may be obtained from the headquarters office.
The Arts Endowment uses staggered, multi-year review for Partnership Agreements. Funding is subject to annual review and approval.
How are proposals selected?
For Partnership Agreements: Quality of the planning process; quality of the plan; and quality of accomplishments and implementation in relation to the plan. For additional criteria, consult the Partnership Agreements guidelines.
How may assistance be used?
Partnership Agreements support elements of a state or regional plan addressing state or regional priorities that: 1) enhance opportunities for the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence; 2) foster public engagement with excellent art; 3) provide Americans of all ages with arts learning opportunities; 4) incorporate the arts and design into strategies to improve the livability of communities; and 5) increase public knowledge and understanding of the various ways the arts contribute to positive outcomes for individuals and communities. Limited Partnership funds also are available for national services provided by membership organizations of SAAs and RAOs. Partnership Agreement funds must be used to supplement and not to supplant non-Federal funds.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
For Partnership Agreements, a Final Descriptive Report is due no later than 90 days following the end date of the period of support. No cash reports are required. Progress reports are required for all grants and must be submitted at the time the cumulative amount of grant funds requested exceeds two-thirds of the grant amount. Final Federal Financial Reports are due no later than 90 days following the end date of the period of support. No performance monitoring is required.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Grant-related records are to be retained by grantees for three years following submission of the Final Federal Financial Report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title The National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, Part 20 USC 954, Subpart (g), Public Law 089-209.
Matching Requirements: Partnership Agreement awards must be matched at least 1:1 with non-federal funds. The 1:1 match must come from state government funds that are directly controlled and appropriated by the state and directly managed by the state agency. For those agencies covered by the Economic Development of the Territories Act (American Samoa, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the Virgin Islands), the matching requirement does not apply to the first $200,000 of NEA funds (48 USC 1469a(d) as amended). Agencies must request a waiver from the matching requirement for amounts above the first $200,000 of NEA funds.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Each award is for the full fiscal year or as designated. Partnership Agreement awards support activities scheduled to begin on or after July 1 of the year following the application deadline. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Generally, requests for payment to cover immediate allowable project expenses may be received at any time during the grant period.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Laura A. Scanlan National Endowment for the Arts, 400 7th Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20506 Phone: 202-682-5583
(Project Grants (with Formula Distribution)) FY 14 $48,660,618; FY 15 est $49,777,900; and FY 16 est $49,799,500 - The FY 2016 figure is based on the FY 2016 budget request. Funds are allotted in accordance with the NEA's mandate and based on the strength of plans and accomplishments in relation to the review criteria.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 2015 Partnership Agreements for SAAs range from $289,500 to $1,089,900, averaging approximately $725,000. The range of RAO awards is $1,027,700 to $1,649,000, averaging approximately $1,330,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The Partnership Agreements guidelines are available on the Arts Endowment's website at www.arts.gov.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Partnership Agreements with the SAAs and RAOs enabled the support of a variety of arts activities in communities across the nation. Grant listings are posted online. Fiscal Year 2015: Partnership Agreements with the SAAs and RAOs enable the support of a variety of arts activities in communities across the nation. Grant listings are posted online. Fiscal Year 2016: Partnership Agreements with the SAAs and RAOs will continue to enable the support of a variety of arts activities in communities across the nation. Grant listings will be posted online once grants are obligated.