ART WORKS Guidelines: Step 2: Submit Materials to NEA-GO

Fill out and submit the NEA Grant Application Form and upload items to NEA-GO or the NEA’s applicant portal.

Depending on the application deadline, you will use the NEA GrantsOnline™ System (NEA-GO) or the NEA’s applicant portal to complete Step 2 of the application process. You must first have successfully completed Step 1 (submitting the SF-424 to by the application deadline of record.

Applicants to the first Art Works deadline will use NEA-GO; applicants to the second Art Works deadlines will use the NEA’s applicant portal.

First Art Works Deadline:

Step 1 - Submit SF-424 to 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 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

Do not attempt to complete Step 2 before NEA-GO or the NEA’s applicant portal becomes available to you on these dates. Your log on credentials will be created for you. Do not log in to the system early and create your own registration. If you do, it will prevent you from accessing the system.

1. Accessing NEA-GO:

  • User Name = Tracking Number

    (Example: "GRANT12345678")

  • Password = Agency Tracking Number/NEA Application Number

    (Example: "18-123456")

  • Once you are logged on to NEA-GO, select the "Link to Formset" icon on the My Forms page to access the Grant Application Form

How do I find my tracking number? Your tracking number is assigned to you by at the time you submit your SF-424. A confirmation screen will appear once your SF-424 submission is complete. Your tracking number will be provided at the bottom of this screen. Remember to save this number.

How do I find my Agency Tracking #/NEA Application Number? The NEA assigns the number to your application 1-2 business days after you submit your SF-424, but no earlier than February 7 if you applied to the February 16 application deadline – and no earlier than July 4 if you applied to the July 13 application deadline. The number is not available before these dates. Log on to with the Username and Password that you used to submit your SF-424. Select the Check My Application feature to find your Agency Tracking#/NEA Application Number. NOTE: Check My Application is a separate feature from Track My Application at

For specific help on how to complete your application, please review the instructions in these guidelines or contact the discipline staff that is appropriate to your project (see "Agency Contacts").

Accessing the NEA’s applicant portal:

Instructions for accessing the NEA’s new applicant portal will be available on our website by June 15, 2017.

2. Fill out the Grant Application Form

You will submit a substantial part of your application through the Grant Application Form (GAF) in NEA-GO or the NEA’s applicant portal, including:

  • Answers to narrative questions about your organization and project.
  • Financial information about your organization and project.
  • Bios of key individuals.
  • Upload work samples and statements of support (For certain disciplines only).

Click below to see the application questions, instructions, and information about required application materials that you will submit through the Grant Application Form in NEA-GO or the NEA’s applicant portal. For your application to be considered complete, every item that is required MUST be included in your application.

You should prepare your responses and material well in advance of the deadline and have them fully ready to upload once NEA-GO or the NEA’s applicant portal opens for you. You will not have access to the Grant Application Form until NEA-GO or the NEA’s applicant portal opens for you to submit your application materials on the dates noted above.

Note: We strongly urge you to complete and submit the Grant Application Form and upload materials outside of the hours of heaviest usage, generally 8:00 pm to 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on the day of the deadline.


  1. Submit your materials to NEA-GO prior to the deadline to give yourself ample time to resolve any problems that you might encounter. You take a significant risk by waiting until the day of the deadline to submit.

    • Most problems can be solved by changing your browser. If that doesn't work, change devices.
    • NEA staff will not be available to help you after 5:30 p.m., Eastern Time, on the day of the deadline.
  2. Don't forget to hit the "Submit" button when you are ready to submit your application. If you do not hit the "Submit" button, your application will not be received.

  3. NEA-GO closes at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on the day of the deadline. Be sure you have finished uploading your materials and hit the "Submit" button prior to that time.

  4. You will receive confirmation of your successful submission in two ways: 1) a pop up on your screen, and 2) an email from noreply at Maintain documentation of your successful submission. If you modify your application after you submit, you will not receive additional confirmations.

    You also can confirm that your application was received when you log in to NEA-GO. On the first screen it will say “Received” if your application has been received. If your application has not yet been received, it will say “In Progress.”

  1. After submitting your application, you may log back into NEA-GO and make modifications to your submission up until the system closes on the day of the deadline. Remember to hit the "Save" and "Submit" button again prior the deadline.

  2. You may print a copy of your application at any time, whether in draft or final form, for your records. The print icon is located on the My Forms page.

  3. Some special characters (such as ampersands, quotation marks, apostrophes, and angle brackets) take up more character counts than others in webforms, including the Grant Application Form. This is because certain characters are translated into HTML code which takes up more than one character space. If you notice a higher than expected character count when you enter information directly into the Grant Application Form or copy and paste from your word processing program, here are a few tips:

    • Transfer your text into a text-only utility like Notepad before pasting it into the Grant Application Form. This will delete hidden HTML code to ensure the proper capture of your text. However, any formatting you had will be deleted.
    • Use a solution other than special characters. For example, instead of using quotation marks for titles of works, put them in italics and that won't affect character count.
    • Use only one space after the end of sentences. Single spaces after punctuation marks (periods, commas, colons, etc.) only reduce the character counter by one character. If you enter two spaces after a period, HTML coding adds extra spaces.

    Also, save character space by limiting the use of tabs.

  4. View the Grant Application Form Tutorial for other helpful tips to assist you in completing the online form.