CREATIVE WRITING FELLOWSHIPS: Award Administration

NOTE: These are expired guidelines.

Award Notices

Grant decisions for the Literature Fellowships: Poetry category are expected to be announced by e-mail in December 2016.

General Terms & Conditions

Federal and agency requirements that relate to grants awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts are highlighted in our General Terms & Conditions. Included is information on reporting requirements and lobbying prohibitions.

Tax Liability

The Internal Revenue Code provides that the full amount of a fellowship grant is taxable to its recipient. If you have any questions about your own income tax liability, you should contact the Internal Revenue Service or your tax counsel.

Legal Requirements:

PLEASE NOTE: This list highlights some of the significant legal requirements that may apply to a fellowship applicant or grant recipient, however, it is not exhaustive.   More information regarding these and other legal requirements may be found at our General Terms & Conditions. Please note that there may be other applicable legal requirements that are not listed here.

  1. Compliance with the federal requirements that are outlined in the "Assurance of Compliance" below.

  2. Debarment and Suspension procedures. The fellowship applicant and grant recipient must comply with the record keeping and other requirements set forth in Subpart C of 2 CFR 180, as adopted by the Arts Endowment in 2 CFR 32.3254.  Failure to comply may result in the debarment or suspension of the fellowship grant and the NEA suspending, terminating and/or recovering funds.

  3. Federal Debt Status (OMB Circular A-129).  Processing of applications will be suspended when applicants are delinquent on federal tax or non-tax debts, including judgment liens against property for a debt to the federal government.  Please see the General Terms & Conditions for further information. New awards will not be made if an applicant is still in debt status as of September 1.

  4. Labor Standards (29 C.F.R. pt 505).    If a grant is awarded, the grant recipient must comply with the standards set out in Labor Standards on Projects or Productions Assisted by Grants from the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.

  5.  The Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (41 U.S.C. 701 et seq. and 2 C.F.R. pt. 3256).  The grant recipient is required comply with notification and other requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Assurance of Compliance

The Applicant certifies that it is in compliance with the statutes outlined below and all related Arts Endowment regulations and will maintain records and submit the reports that are necessary to determine compliance.

The Arts Endowment may conduct a review of your organization to ensure that it is in compliance. If the Endowment determines that a grantee has failed to comply with these statutes, it may suspend, terminate, and/or recover funds. This assurance is subject to judicial enforcement.

The Applicant certifies that it does not discriminate:

  • On the grounds of race, color, or national origin, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended (42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq.), implemented by the NEA at 45 U.S.C.1110;
  • On the grounds of disability, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), as amended, (42 U.S.C. 12101-12213), implemented by the NEA at 45 U.S.C. 1151. The ADA's requirements apply regardless of whether you receive federal funds.
  • On the basis of age, in accordance with the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (42 U.S.C. 6101 et seq.), implemented by the NEA at 45 U.S.C.1156.
  • On the basis of sex, in any education program or activity, in accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq.).

Applicant will inform the public that persons who believe they have been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, or age may file a complaint with the Director of Civil Rights at the NEA.

Applicant will forward all complaints for investigation and any finding issued by a Federal or state court or by a Federal or state administrative agency to:

Director, Office of Civil Rights
National Endowment for the Arts
400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

Applicant shall maintain records of its compliance and submission for three (3) years.  The Applicant will compile, maintain and permit access to records as required by applicable regulations, guidelines or other directives.

The United States has the right to seek judicial or administrative enforcement of this assurance.

For further information and copies of the nondiscrimination regulations identified above, please contact the Office of Civil Rights at 202/682-5454 or 202/682-5082 Voice/T.T.Y. For inquiries about limited English proficiency, please go to http://www.lep.gov, the FOIA Reading Room, or contact the Office of General Counsel at GeneralCounsel@arts.gov or 202/682-5418.