State Partnership Grant Program Description
By supporting the state arts agencies (SAAs) through Partnership Agreements, the National Endowment for the Arts makes the arts available in more communities than it could through direct grants. The SAAs greatly extend the federal reach and impact, translating national leadership into local benefit.
Most of the fifty state and six jurisdictional arts agencies were created in response to the national example and financial incentive provided by the Arts Endowment. For more than 45 years the Arts Endowment's support for SAAs has helped to attract state funding that on a nationwide basis far exceeds the federal support. State government support is vital to the arts in America.
At the core of this federal-state partnership is the planning process that each SAA engages in to identify and examine state priorities. Planning is inclusive and responsive, reflecting the goals and activities determined to be most important to that state.
While providing leadership for their states, the SAAs also work cooperatively with the Arts Endowment to achieve common goals and outcomes. With the Arts Endowment's grant making organized around the outcomes below, Partnership Agreement funding enables the SAAs to address priorities identified at the state level as well as the NEA outcomes:
To support elements of a state arts plan that provide Americans of all ages with arts learning opportunities across a diverse spectrum of artistic disciplines and geographic locations. These activities should focus on the acquisition of knowledge or skills in the arts, thereby building public capacity for lifelong participation in the arts. The NEA anticipates that the SAAs will be able to address this outcome through:
Livability: American communities are strengthened through the arts.
To support elements of a state arts plan that provide support for and otherwise encourage activities that incorporate the arts and design into strategies to improve the livability of communities. Livability consists of a variety of factors that contribute to the quality of life in a community such as ample opportunities for social, civic, and cultural participation; education, employment, and safety; sustainability; affordable housing, ease of transportation, and access to public buildings and facilities; and an aesthetically pleasing environment. The NEA anticipates that the SAAs will be able to address this outcome through support for activities that focus on the development of plans for cultural and/or creative sector growth and stability; the enhancement of public spaces through design or new art works; and other arts or design activities intended to foster community interaction in public spaces, enhance the unique characteristics of a community, or otherwise improve community livability.
Understanding: Public knowledge and understanding about the contributions of the arts are enhanced.
To support elements of a state arts plan that increase public knowledge and understanding of the various ways in which the arts contribute to positive outcomes for individuals and communities within a particular state or region. The NEA anticipates that the SAAs will be able to address this outcome through activities that include: recognition and promotion of artistic achievement; research and communication about the arts' contributions to social, civic, economic, and/or other outcomes; impact analyses of arts and cultural programming; recognition of professional arts workers as a key sector of American industry; efforts by the SAAs to nurture and promote innovation; collaborations with other state, regional, or national entities to explore or enhance the role that the arts can play in their programming; activities promoting cultural diplomacy with other countries; and hosting or sponsorship of related convenings, information exchanges, and reports.
The SAAs are vital partners in the NEA's ability to gather and promote evidence of the value and impact of arts and culture to the American people. The NEA seeks to fully and accurately capture the myriad ways in which funds provided to SAAs for this purpose result in projects that enhance “public knowledge and understanding about the contributions of the arts.” The NEA will revise data-collection requirements from SAAs so that this information can be tracked regularly, with results that are transparent to all stakeholders -- the NEA, other SAAs, and the American public.
All applicants must submit their applications electronically through Grants.gov, the federal government's online application system. The Grants.gov system must receive your validated and accepted application no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on October 1, 2012. The Grants.gov Contact Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Awards will support activities that are scheduled to begin on July 1, 2013, or any time thereafter.
Partnership Award Amounts
Funds will be allotted in accordance with the NEA's legislative mandate, and based on the strength of plans and accomplishments in relation to the review criteria. Funds for activities that strengthen state support of the folk & traditional arts are awarded competitively and generally range from $20,000 to $45,000.
All awards must be matched at least 1 to 1.
State arts agency Partnership Agreements are limited to the fifty state and six jurisdictional arts agencies. In order to enter into a state arts agency Partnership Agreement and receive federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, a state arts agency must comply with the following requirements:
The state arts agency must:
Organizational Entity and Capacity
The state arts agency must:
Financial Support, Matching Funds, and Financial Reporting
The state arts agency must:
Planning, Programming, and Evaluation
The state arts agency must have developed a state arts plan that:
The state arts agency submits this plan with its Partnership Agreement application.
State arts agencies that subgrant must:
Eligibility Requirements for Nonprofit Organizations Cooperating with their State Arts Agency
Nonprofit organizations working in cooperation with their SAA are eligible for support designed to strengthen state support of the folk & traditional arts. In order to be eligible, such organizations must:
All applicants must have a DUNS number (www.dnb.com) and be registered with the Central Contractor Registration (CCR, www.ccr.gov) and maintain an active CCR registration until the application process is complete, and should a grant be made, throughout the life of the award.
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