GRANTS FOR ARTS PROJECTS Guidelines: How to Prepare and Submit an Application

We urge you to read these instructions in their entirety before you begin the application process. Submitting an application is a multi-step process:

  • Part 1: Submit to the “Application for Federal Domestic Assistance/Short Organization Form.” Refer to the Part 1 instructions for important information and deadlines.
  • Part 2: Complete the “Grant Application Form (GAF)” and upload items through the Arts Endowment’s Applicant Portal. Refer to the Part 2 instructions to learn more about how and when to access the Applicant Portal.


View a Guidelines Online Presentation:

  • Grants for Arts Projects Guidelines, featuring an overview of this funding category and tips for applicants. Watch the presentation.
  • For previous Challenge America applicants who are interested in applying to Grants for Arts Projects. The presentation will be posted in mid-January.

View the Grant Application Form (GAF) Tutorial:

This tutorial provides an overview of the Grant Application Form (GAF) to assist you during Part 2 of the application process: Online Tutorial: Using the Grant Application Form

Ensure that your application is complete with this checklist:

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 Arts Endowment application number.

If you have questions, use this list to determine your Arts Endowment staff contact.