American Rescue Plan Grants


Update 9/17

We are continuing to monitor news about the recovery efforts related to severe weather events such as Hurricane Ida and the wildfires in California and Nevada. We are thinking of everyone who has been impacted and hope you are safe.

For organizations that have experienced weather-related difficulties completing Part 2 of the American Rescue Plan Grants to Organizations (Group M-Z) program, we previously extended the Part 2 application deadline until September 19, 2021 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time. The Applicant Portal will close for all applicants on this date and time.

If you are still unable to submit your application by the September 19th deadline because of weather-related difficulties you must contact us to request a further extension.

Contact: or 202-682-5046. Please be sure to include your name, the legal name of your organization, and your contact information.

If you are granted an extension, NEA staff will notify you and reopen your application in the Applicant Portal. The new, final Part 2 application deadline will be November 4, 2021 at 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Applications will not be accepted after this date and time. NOTE: These applicants will not receive notification of grant funding or rejection until early April 2022 and the earliest start date for the period of performance will be May 1, 2022 instead of January 1, 2022.

Again, we are thinking of everyone who has been impacted and we hope you are finding a path to recovery.

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“Rescue Plan”) is designed to fuel the nation’s recovery from the devastating economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds allocated to the National Endowment for the Arts (“Arts Endowment”) in this historic legislation represent a significant commitment to the arts and a recognition of the value of the arts and culture sector to the nation’s economy and recovery.

The Arts Endowment will competitively award Rescue Plan funds to eligible organizations nationwide. These funds are intended to help support jobs in the arts sector, keep the doors open to arts organizations nationwide, and assist the field in its response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unlike other Arts Endowment funding programs that offer project-based support, Rescue Plan funds are intended to support specific operating costs only. Cost share/matching funds are not required.

The Arts Endowment intends to make awards that will impact a broad constituency. We encourage applications from a variety of eligible organizations including: organizations that serve populations that are underserved, such as those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by ethnicity, economics, geography, or disability; organizations with small and medium-sized budgets; organizations from rural to urban communities; and organizations that may be applying for federal support through the Arts Endowment for the first time.

Rescue Plan funding is available through two separate competitive opportunities:

The guidelines are also available for reference as PDFs in Spanish and Chinese:

NOTE: Eligible local arts agencies may apply to the Grants to Organizations program for general operating support OR to the Grants to Local Arts Agencies for Subgranting program. 

Rescue Plan funds will also be awarded by the Arts Endowment to the nation’s designated state and jurisdictional arts agencies (SAAs) and their regional arts organizations (RAOs) to distribute around the country. Contact your SAA or RAO for more information.

We understand that applying for federal funding and managing a grant can be a significant undertaking. Our staff strives to ensure that all applicants receive the support they need to understand every step of the process. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about this program. Contact us with your questions.