Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.
Grants for Organizations
The NEA funds projects only. Projects may consist of one or more specific events or activities. Projects do not have to be new. Excellent existing projects can be just as competitive as new activities. Projects do not need to be big either; small projects that can make a difference in their community or field are welcome.
The Art Works II: Media Arts deadline supports creation, education, and professional development projects that use electronic media, film, and technology as an artistic medium or a medium to broaden arts appreciation and awareness.
Art Works Creative Connects Deadline: Closed
Challenge America Deadline: Closed
Organizations may apply for creative placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core. Our Town offers support for projects in two areas:
- Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects that represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000.
- Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking. These projects are available to arts and design service organizations, and industry, policy, or university organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000.
Our Town Deadline: Closed
- Track One: Value and Impact. These research projects aim to examine the value and/or impact of the arts in any topic area(s) by using data and methods appropriate to the proposed research questions. Matching grants range from $10,000-$30,000.
- Track Two: Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs. These research projects aim to test the causal or inferred-causal impact of the arts on individual or cohort outcomes by using experimental or quasi-experimental design methods appropriate to the proposed research questions. Matching grants range from $30,000-$100,000.
Research Art Works Deadline: October 17, 2017 (new deadline)
Grants for Individuals
Creative Writing Fellowships
Fellowships in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Non-matching grants are for $25,000. Application Deadline: Closed
Translation Projects enable recipients to translate work from other languages into English. Non-matching grants are for $12,500 or $25,000, depending upon the artistic excellence and merit of the project. Application Deadline: Closed
Photo: Aerial of Scottsdale Cultural Council’s Canal Convergence Water + Art + Light, a 2016 NEA grant recipient. Photo by Dayvid Lemmon, courtesy Scottsdale Cultural Council.
Organization/Company: National Endowment for the Arts Website: https://www.arts.gov/ Location: Nationwide Deadline: Next Deadline: October 17, 2017 How to Apply: Guidelines and application materials can be found at https://www.arts.gov/grants/apply-grant/grants-organizations.