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The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is the only arts funder in the United States—public or private—that provides access to the arts in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. jurisditions. Each year, we award thousands of grants to provide everyone in the United States with diverse opportunities for arts participation.

We award cost/share matching grants to nonprofit organizations for a wide variety of arts projects, literature fellowships for published creative writers and translators, and partnership agreements with the 62 state/jurisdictional arts agencies and regional arts organizations.

Through our programs, we encourage activities that rebuild the creative economy and educate the next generation; unite and heal the nation through the arts; and serve the nation’s arts field. We are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, and fostering mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all individuals and groups.

Whether you are a first-time or returning applicant, we welcome the opportunity to connect with you. We understand that applying for federal funding and managing a grant can be a significant undertaking. Our staff strives to ensure that all applicants receive the support they need to understand every step of the process. Contact us with your questions.

Grants for Organizations

American Rescue Plan Grants

Grants to stimulate recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grants for Arts Projects

Our principal grant program for nonprofit organizations.

Challenge America

Support for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.

Our Town

Creative placemaking grants.

Research Awards

Research Grants in the Arts and NEA Research Labs funding categories.

Grants for Individuals

Creative Writing Fellowships

Grants in prose and poetry for published creative writers.

Translation Projects

Support for the translation of works of prose, poetry, or drama into English.

Program Solicitations

2023 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert and Related Events

To select an organization to assist with the 2023 program.

Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network (Capacity)

To select an organization to manage the Creative Forces® CAPACITY component.

Partnership Agreements

Partnership Agreements

Grants for state & territorial arts agencies and regional arts organizations.

Manage Your Award

Manage Your Award

Rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.

Recent Grants

Information about NEA grants awarded since 1998.