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.
Application Deadlines: February 15 & July 12, 2018
A guidelines workshop webinar is scheduled for January 17, 2018. More details will be available here at a later date.
Application Deadline: April 12, 2018
A guidelines workshop webinar is scheduled for February 28, 2018. More details will be available here at a later date.
An additional webinar will be offered on January 24, 2018 for previous Challenge America applicants interested in applying for Art Works. More details will be available here at a later date. NOTE: An organization may not apply to both the Art Works AND the Challenge America categories.
Visit the NEA’s recent grant search for examples of past NEA grants.
Grants for Individuals
The NEA funds Creative Writing Fellowships and Translation Projects for individuals.
Creative Writing Fellowships: Poetry
Application Deadline: March 7, 2018
The NEA’s Writers’ Corner features many of the past fellows and their work.
Application Deadline: January 11, 2018 (new deadline)
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: Varies How to Apply: Guidelines and application materials can be found at https://www.arts.gov/grants/apply-grant/grants-organizations.