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“The Arts . . . belong to all the people of the United States.”


The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is proud to support the nation’s arts sector with grant opportunities so that together we can help everyone live more artful lives. The arts contribute to our individual well-being, the well-being of our communities, and to our local economies. As we emerge from the pandemic and plan for the future, the arts are also crucial to helping us make sense of our circumstances from different perspectives.

The 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. jurisdictions. Each year, we award thousands of grants nationwide, including grants to first-time applicants.
Whether you are a first-time or returning applicant, we welcome the opportunity to connect with you. Our staff strives to ensure that all applicants receive the support they need to understand every step of the process.

Actors in a wide array of colorful outfits dance onstage

Performance of Twelfth Night at Yale Repertory Theatre. Photo by Joan Marcus

Grants for Organizations


Grants for Arts Projects is our largest grants program for organizations, providing expansive funding opportunities for communities across the nation in a wide variety of artistic disciplines.
* Deadlines: February 9 and July 6, 2023


Challenge America grants are awarded at $10,000 each to reach historically underserved communities with rich and dynamic cultural identities. This program may be a good entry point for organizations that are new to applying for federal funding. Grants are awarded in all artistic disciplines for a wide variety of arts projects.
* Deadline: April 27, 2023


Our Town is our creative placemaking grants program, using arts, culture, and design to strengthen communities and advance local priorities such as health, community development, environment/climate, and public safety, among other community issues and aspirations.
* Deadline: August 3, 2023


Two funding opportunities are available: Research Grants in the Arts funds research that investigates the value and/or impact of the arts; and NEA Research Labs, which funds transdisciplinary research teams grounded in the social and behavioral sciences, yielding empirical insights about the arts for the benefit of the arts and non-arts sectors alike.
* Deadline: March 27, 2023


In 2021-2022, the NEA competitively awarded Rescue Plan funds to eligible organizations nationwide. These funds were intended to assist the field in its response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
* Deadlines have passed


Grants are awarded to the nation’s 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies (SAAs), and the six regional arts organizations (RAOs) whose members comprise SAAs. Partnership support is also available to the national service organization for the state arts agencies.
* New guidelines available in spring 2023

Grants for Individuals


The Literature Fellowships program awards grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Grants to individuals are only available in Literature.
* Deadline: March 8, 2023


Through fellowships to published translators, the NEA supports projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English.
* Deadline: January 12, 2023

Program Solicitation

Program Solicitation: Poetry Out Loud National Finals Competition

To select an organization (Cooperator) to produce and administer the three-day 2024 Poetry Out Loud National Finals competition to take place in Spring 2024 in Washington, DC. 
* Proposal Receipt Deadline: January 17, 2023

Manage Your Award

Manage Your Award

Rules, regulations, policies and procedures to manage and administer a grant or cooperative agreement (award), including forms, guidance, and reporting requirements that govern your award.

Recent Grants

Information about NEA grants awarded since 1998.