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. Partnerships with the SAAs and RAOs enable the support of a variety of arts activities in communities across the nation.
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; K - Advisory Services and Counseling
Fiscal Year 2017
The National Endowment for the Arts made 63 Partnership awards to enable SAAs and RAOs to support a variety of arts projects nationwide.Fiscal Year 2018
The National Endowment for the Arts made 63 Partnership awards to enable SAAs and RAOs to support a variety of arts projects nationwide.Fiscal Year 2019
The National Endowment for the Arts anticipates making 64 Partnership awards to enable SAAs and RAOs to support a variety of arts projects nationwide.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?
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 National Endowment for the Arts' eligibility requirements for SAAs as outlined in the Partnership Agreements guidelines on our website; regional arts organizations that represent state arts agencies and that meet the National Endowment for the Arts' eligibility requirements for RAOs as outlined in the Partnership Agreements guidelines on our 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 the general public, local arts agencies, nonprofit organizations, and artists.
The State Partnership Agreement requires that the agency be legally designated as the official state arts agency and that it meet all National Endowment for the Arts 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 National Endowment for the Arts eligibility requirements. An SAA can belong to only one RAO.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. 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. Applicants should consult the Partnership Agreements guidelines (available at arts.gov).
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 arts.gov and adhere to instructions. Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov and the agency's Applicant Portal (if applicable).
Applications are evaluated according to the "Review Criteria" for their category. Funding recommendations are considered by 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 are reviewed 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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The Partnership Agreements deadline is usually in late September. Applications are generally reviewed by the National Council on the Arts and approved by the National Endowment for the Arts Chairman in late March. See our website at arts.gov for specific dates.
Information on requests for reconsideration may be obtained from the headquarters office.
The National Endowment for the Arts 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 any additional criteria, consult the Partnership Agreements guidelines at arts.gov.
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, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation; 3) provide Americans at all stages of life with opportunities to learn in the arts; 4) integrate the arts into the fabric of community life; and 5) promote public knowledge and understanding about the contributions of the arts. Limited Partnership funds also are available for national services provided by membership organizations of SAAs and RAOs.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance monitoring may be required for certain awards.
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 Chapter 26 Part 20 USC 954 Subpart (g) Public Law 089-209
Matching is mandatory. Partnership Agreement awards must have at least a 1:1 cost share with non-federal funds. The 1:1 cost share 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 National Endowment for the Arts funds (48 USC 1469a(d) as amended). Agencies must request a waiver from the matching requirement for amounts above the first $200,000 of our funds.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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. 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
National Endowment for the Arts
Washington, DC 20506 USA
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$50,706,790.00; FY 19 est $51,956,500.00; 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
FY 2019 Partnership Agreements for SAAs range from $289,300 to $1,167,300, averaging approximately $750,000. The range of FY 2019 RAO awards is $1,106,200 to $1,713,600, averaging approximately $1,450,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The Partnership Agreements guidelines are available on the National Endowment for the Arts' website at arts.gov.
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 grants are posted at arts.gov.Fiscal Year 2019
Listings for FY 2019 will be posted at arts.gov as grants are obligated.