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The National Endowment for the Arts is the only arts funder in America—public or private—that provides access to the arts in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. Each year, we award thousands of grants to provide all Americans 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.

We are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and fostering mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all individuals and groups. See the wide variety of projects and grant recipients we have funded.

We’re here to help you, and we welcome your calls or emails. Contact us if you have questions or need more information. We can explain and clarify funding opportunities, eligibility requirements, how to apply, and how your application will be reviewed.

To get started, select from the options below to get the information you need to apply. Guidelines and application instructions are available here for:

  • Grants for Organizations 
  • Grants for Individuals
  • Partnership Agreements 
  • Program Solicitation

Grant Review Process

Volunteer to a Panelist

Grants for Organizations

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 Solicitation

National Folklife Network

To select a cooperator to establish and administer the network.

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.