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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. jurisdictions. 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.

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 grants support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity.
* Deadlines: February 10 and July 7, 2022


Support for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Challenge America features an abbreviated application, a robust structure of technical assistance, and grants for a set amount of $10,000.
* Deadline has passed.


Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking grants program. Through project-based funding, we support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes.
* Deadline August 4, 2022


The National Endowment for the Arts provides two funding opportunities for research projects: 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.
* Deadline has passed


The Arts Endowment will competitively award Rescue Plan funds to eligible organizations nationwide. These funds are intended to help support jobs in the arts sector, keep the doors open to arts organizations nationwide, and 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.
* Deadline: October 7th, 2022

Grants for Individuals


The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 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.
* Deadline has passed


Through fellowships to published translators, the National Endowment for the Arts 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: National Endowment for the Arts Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge for High School Students

To select an organization (“Cooperator”) to coordinate and administer the 2023 Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge for High School Students in conjunction with the NEA.
* Proposal Receipt Deadline: July 28, 2022

Program Solicitation: Independent Film and Media Arts Field-Building Initiative

To select an organization (Cooperator) to administer the Independent Film and Media Arts Field-Building Initiative.
* Proposal Receipt Deadline: August 9, 2022

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.