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The Grants for Arts Projects funding program awards grants to organizations of all sizes and includes projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. The July 9 deadline is for projects that begin on or after June 1, 2021; please visit our website for more information. (Please note that applications submitted under Challenge America will not be transferred; a new Grants for Arts Projects application must be submitted by July 9.)

Grants for Arts Projects is the National Endowment for the Arts’ principal grants program. Through project-based funding, we 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, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Projects may be large or small, existing or new, and may take place in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and fostering mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all individuals and groups.

While we welcome applications for a variety of artistically excellent projects, we encourage projects that address any of the following activities below:

  • Celebrate America’s creativity and/or cultural heritage.
  • Invite a dialogue that fosters a mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all persons and groups.
  • Enrich our humanity by broadening our understanding of ourselves as individuals and as a society.

In the spirit of White House Executive Orders that encourage federal agencies to engage with typically underserved constituencies, the National Endowment for the Arts encourages applications from:

  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities,
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities,
  • American Indian and Alaska Native tribes,
  • African American Serving Institutions,
  • Hispanic Serving Institutions,
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and
  • Organizations that support the independence and lifelong inclusion of people with disabilities.

Cost share/matching grants generally will range from $10,000 to $100,000. No grants will be made below $10,000. Grants of $100,000 or more will be made only in rare instances, and only for projects that we determine demonstrate exceptional national or regional significance and impact. In the past few years, well over half of the agency’s grants have been for amounts less than $25,000.

There are two Grants for Arts Projects application deadlines. Note that some disciplines only accept certain project types at each deadline; see the guidelines for your project’s discipline for more information.

Application Calendar


First Grants for Arts Projects Deadline:

Part 1 – Submit to Grants.gov: February 13, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Prepare application material so that it’s ready to upload when the Applicant Portal opens

Part 2 – Submit to Applicant Portal: February 18-25, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection: November 2020

Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance: January 1, 2021

Note: To allow time to resolve any problems you might encounter, finalize your Grants.gov/SAM registration by at least January 22, 2020 and submit to Grants.gov by at least February 4, 2020.


Second Grants for Arts Projects Deadline:

Part 1 – Submit to Grants.gov: July 9, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Prepare application material so that it’s ready to upload when the Applicant Portal opens

Part 2 – Submit to Applicant Portal: July 14-21, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection: April 2021

Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance: June 1, 2021

Note: To allow time to resolve any problems you might encounter, finalize your Grants.gov/SAM registration by at least June 17, 2020 and submit to Grants.gov by at least June 30, 2020.


Application

Visit https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/gap/grant-program-description and select your artistic discipline from the list in the right-hand column.


Details

Organization/Company: National Endowment for the Arts
Website: https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/gap/grant-program-description
Location: National
Deadline: July 9, 2020
How to Apply: Visit https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/gap/grant-program-description and select your artistic discipline from the list in the right-hand column.