Grants for Organizations

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.

We fund projects only. Projects may consist of one or more specific events or activities. Projects do not have to be new. Excellent existing projects can be just as competitive as new activities. Projects do not need to be big either; we welcome small projects that can make a difference in their community or field.

Art Works

These grants support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required.

First Art Works Deadline:

Part 1 - Submit SF-424 to Grants.gov February 15, 2018
Part 2 - Submit Materials to Applicant Portal February 20-27, 2018
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection November 2018
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance January 1, 2019

Note: To allow time to resolve any problems you might encounter, we strongly recommend that you register/renew your Grants.gov/SAM registration by at least January 24, 2018 and submit the SF-424 to Grants.gov by at least February 6, 2018.

Second Art Works Deadline:

Part 1 - Submit SF-424 to Grants.gov July 12, 2018
Part 2 - Submit Materials to Applicant Portal July 17-24, 2018
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection April 2019
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance June 1, 2019

Note: To allow time to resolve any problems you might encounter, we strongly recommend that you register/renew your Grants.gov/SAM registration by at least June 20, 2018 and submit the SF-424 to Grants.gov by at least July 3, 2018.

Challenge America

These grants support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Matching grants are for $10,000. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required.

Part 1 - Submit SF-424 to Grants.gov April 12, 2018
Part 2 - Submit Materials to Applicant Portal April 17-24, 2018
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection December 2018
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance January 1, 2019

Note: To allow time to resolve any problems you might encounter, we strongly recommend that you register/renew your Grants.gov/SAM registration by at least March 21, 2018 and submit the SF-424 to Grants.gov by at least April 3, 2018.

Our Town

Organizations may apply for creative placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and through strategies that leverage arts, culture, and/or design toward achieving community goals. Our Town offers support for projects in two areas:

  • Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects that represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000.
  • • Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking. These projects are available to arts and design service organizations, and industry, policy, or university organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000.

Deadlines have been extended due to Hurricane Harvey:

Step 1 - Submit SF-424 to Grants.gov September 18, 2017 by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time (new deadline)
Step 2 - Submit Materials to Applicant Portal September 25, 2017 at 9:00 a.m., Eastern Time, to October 2, 2017 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time (new)
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection April 2018
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance August 1, 2018

Research: Art Works

These grants support research that investigates the value and/or impact of the arts, either as individual components of the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life. Research: Art Works offers support for projects in two areas:

  • Track One: Value and Impact. These are matching grants ranging from $10,000-$30,000 for research projects that aim to examine the value and/or impact of the arts in any topic area(s) by using data and methods appropriate to the proposed research questions.
  • Track Two: Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs. These are matching grants ranging from $30,000-$100,000 for research projects that aim to test the causal or inferred-causal impact of the arts on individual or cohort outcomes by using experimental or quasi-experimental design methods appropriate to the proposed research questions.
Step 1 - Submit SF-424 to Grants.gov October 17, 2017 (new deadline)
Step 2 - Submit Materials to Applicant Portal October 20, 2017 at 9:00 a.m., Eastern Time, to October 27, 2017 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time (new)
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection April 2018
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance May 1, 2018