GRANTS FOR ARTS PROJECTS Guidelines: Application Calendar

There are two Grants for Arts Projects application deadlines. Note that some disciplines only accept certain project types at each deadline; see the guidelines for your project’s discipline for more information.

First Grants for Arts Projects Deadline:

Part 1 - Submit to Grants.gov February 13, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time
Prepare application material so that it’s ready to upload when the Applicant Portal opens
Part 2 - Submit to Applicant Portal February 18-25, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection November 2020
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance January 1, 2021

Note: To allow time to resolve any problems you might encounter, finalize your Grants.gov/SAM registration by at least January 22, 2020 and submit to Grants.gov by at least February 4, 2020.

Second Grants for Arts Projects Deadline:

Part 1 - Submit to Grants.gov July 9, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time
Prepare application material so that it’s ready to upload when the Applicant Portal opens
Part 2 - Submit to Applicant Portal July 14-21, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection April 2021
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance June 1, 2021

Note: To allow time to resolve any problems you might encounter, finalize your Grants.gov/SAM registration by at least June 17, 2020 and submit to Grants.gov by at least June 30, 2020.

NOTE: All Artist Communities and Design applicants must apply at the February 13, 2020, deadline.

See "How to Prepare and Submit an Application" for application instructions.

An organization may submit only one application under these FY 2021 Grants for Arts Projects guidelines (see "Application Limits" for the few exceptions to this rule).

Late, ineligible, and incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

In the event of a major emergency (e.g., a hurricane or Grants.gov technological failure), the National Endowment for the Arts Chairman may adjust application deadlines for affected applicants. If a deadline is extended for any reason, an announcement will be posted on our website.

Do not seek information on the status of your application before the announcement date that is listed above.

If you have questions:

Call or email: see "Agency Contacts."

If you have a question about access for individuals with disabilities:

  202-682-5496 Voice/T.T.Y. (Text-Telephone, a device for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.)

Information symbol  Individuals who do not use conventional print should contact the Arts Endowment's Accessibility Office at 202-682-5532 for help in acquiring an audio recording of these guidelines.

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