ART WORKS Guidelines: How to Prepare and Submit an Application

These instructions provide all of the information that you need to submit an application. Submitting an application is a multi-step process. You will interact with the NEA's website, Grants.gov, and the NEA GrantsOnline™ System (NEA-GO) or the NEA’s new applicant portal. We urge you to read these instructions in their entirety before you begin the application process.

First Art Works Deadline:

Step 1 - Submit SF-424 to Grants.gov February 16, 2017 by 11:59 p.m., Eastern time
Register/renew by at least January 25
Submit by at least February 7
Step 2 -Submit Materials to NEA-GO   February 23, 2017 to 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on March 2, 2017 

Second Art Works Deadline:

Step 1 - Submit SF-424 to Grants.gov July 13, 2017 by 11:59 p.m., Eastern time
Register/renew by at least June 21
Submit by at least July 4
Step 2 - Submit Materials to NEA’s new applicant portal July 20, 2017 to 11:59 p.m., Eastern time on July 27, 2017
  1. View the Art Works Guidelines Webinar:

    • We will conduct a live webinar on January 18, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time featuring an overview presentation followed by a Q&A session. Click here to register for the upcoming webinar and for an archive of the webinar after it is concluded.

  2. Step 1 – Submit the SF-424 to Grants.gov:

  3. View the NEA Grant Application Form (GAF) Tutorial:

  4. Step 2 – Submit Materials to NEA-GO or the NEA’s new applicant portal:

  5. Ensure that your application is complete with this checklist:

  6. Application updates after submission:

    Send new information that significantly affects your application (such as changes in artists or confirmed funding commitments) as soon as possible to the specialist for the field/discipline of your project. Remember to include your organization’s name and NEA application number.

If you have questions about your application, please use this list to determine your appropriate staff contact.