RESEARCH: ART WORKS: Step 2: Submit Through NEA-GO

Fill out and submit to NEA-GO the NEA Grant Application Form and Upload Items 


  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 Maintain documentation of your successful submission. If you modify your application after you submit, you will not receive additional confirmations.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. You will receive one confirmation email from noreply @ after you have submitted the Grant Application Form. You will not receive additional emails if you modify your submission before the NEA-GO system closes.

You will use the NEA GrantsOnline™ System (NEA-GO) to complete Step 2 of the application process. You must first have successfully completed Step 1 (submitting the SF-424 through by the October 20 application deadline.

NEA-GO will only be available to you beginning on November 3 through 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on November 10.

Do not attempt to complete Step 2 before NEA-GO becomes available to you on these dates. Do not log in to the system early and create your own NEA-GO registration. If you do, it will prevent you from accessing the system when it opens for you to submit your application materials.


  1. Log on to NEA-GO at:
  1. User Name = Tracking Number

       (Example: "GRANT12345678")

  1. Password = Agency Tracking Number/NEA Application Number (Example: "16-123456")
  1. 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? This number is assigned to your application 1-2 business days after you submit your SF-424, but no earlier than 10 days before the application deadline of October 20. 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.

The NEA-GO system is optimized for use with the following web browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome. Internet Explorer will also work, but you must have at least version IE 8.

For specific help on how to complete your application, please review the instructions in these guidelines including the Frequently Asked Questions, or contact the Research staff at

Grant Application Form

You will submit a substantial part of your application through the Grant Application Form, including:

  • Answers to narrative questions about your organization and project.
  • Financial information about your organization and project.
  • Bios of key individuals.

Click below to see the instructions and information about the required application material that you will submit through the Grant Application Form in NEA-GO.

Research: Art Works FY 16 Step 2 Application Instructions

You should prepare your responses and material well in advance of the deadline and have them fully ready to upload once NEA-GO opens for you.