RESEARCH: ART WORKS: Award Information

Track One: Value and Impact

We anticipate awarding 5 to 10 grants for this track, based on the availability of funding.

Grants will range from $10,000 to $30,000. Award amounts will be based on the level of excellence and merit demonstrated in the proposal, as outlined in the Review Criteria. Priority will be given to projects that present theory-driven and evidence-based research questions and methodologies, and/or that use novel and promising research approaches.

Track Two: Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs

We anticipate awarding up to 5 grants for this track, based on the availability of funding.

Grants will range from $30,000 to $100,000. Award amounts will be based on the level of excellence and merit demonstrated in the proposal, as outlined in the Review Criteria. Priority will be given to projects that present theory-driven and evidence-based research questions and methodologies.

All Grants

Our grants cannot exceed 50% of the total cost of the project. All grants require a nonfederal match of at least 1 to 1. These matching funds may be all cash or a combination of cash and in-kind contributions, and can include federally-negotiated indirect costs. You may include in your Project Budget matching funds that are proposed but not yet committed at the time of the application deadline.

In developing an application, we urge all applicants to consider the level of recent awards and to request a realistic grant amount. Applicants should review the lists of grants on our website to see recent grant award levels and project types. In the past few years, well over half of the agency's grants have been for amounts less than $30,000 in Track 1 and less than $100,000 in Track 2. No grants in either track will be made below $10,000.

Applicants whose grants are recommended for less than the requested amount will have the opportunity to revise the project budget to reflect any necessary changes to the project, based on the recommended funding amount.

We reserve the right to limit our support of a project to a particular phase(s) or cost(s). All costs included in your Project Budget must be expended during your period of performance. Costs associated with other federal funds, whether direct or indirect (e.g., flow down through a state arts agency), can't be included in your Project Budget. No pre-award costs are allowable in the Project Budget. Costs incurred before the earliest project start date of May 1, 2019, can't be included in your budget or match.

All applications submitted and grants made in response to these guidelines are subject to the National Endowment for the Arts' grant regulations and terms and conditions.

Period of Performance

Our support of a project may start on May 1, 2019, or any time thereafter. Grants generally may cover a period of performance of up to two years, with an exception for projects that include primary data collection as part of the proposed activity. Projects that include primary data collection may request up to three years. Projects that extend beyond one year will be required to submit an annual progress report.

A grantee may not receive more than one National Endowment for the Arts grant for the same project during the same period of performance.