Partnership Agreements

The President’s FY 2019 budget proposes the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts. With that said, our FY 2018 operations remain unchanged. We continue to make FY 2018 grant awards and will continue to honor all obligated grant funds made to date. In addition, we will continue to accept grant applications for FY 2019 at our usual deadlines. The President’s budget request is a first step in a very long budget process. The agency continues to operate as usual and will do so until a new budget is enacted by Congress.

By supporting the state arts agencies (SAAs) through Partnership Agreements, the National Endowment for the Arts makes the arts available in more communities than it could through direct grants. The SAAs greatly extend the federal reach and impact, translating national leadership into local benefit.

Regional arts organizations (RAOs) were created by state arts leaders, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the private sector, in order to transcend state boundaries and give the public access to a greater and richer variety of arts experiences. RAOs encourage the development of the arts and support arts programs at the regional level. They respond to the special needs of each region and assist the National Endowment for the Arts and other funders in distributing programs nationally.