Read through these instructions fully, as they include important step-by-step directions to ensure that your application is submitted successfully.

We use a staggered, multi-year review for National Services applicants. For FY 2023, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies will complete an off-year application.


Electronic application through is MANDATORY.

The system must receive your validated application no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on October 7, 2022.
Register or renew/verify your registration with and at least one month before the deadline.

IMPORTANT: will be down for maintenance and unavailable from September 23-29, 2022. We recommend that you submit your application by September 13, 2022 to give yourself ample time to resolve any problems that you might encounter. You take significant risk by waiting until the day of the deadline to submit your application. Late applications will not be accepted.


Register with, SAM and or renew/verify these registrations
Before applying, your organization must create and maintain up-to-date registrations with, the System for Award Management (SAM) at and Registering and maintaining these accounts is always FREE.
These registrations can take several weeks to finalize, so begin this process early! Registrations with, SAM and must be active for you to submit your application. Finalize your registrations well before the application deadline. This should allow you time to resolve any issues that may arise.

Register in the following order:

  2. SAM

Both SAM and will require you to use your username and password to log in to their sites. Registration

Go to Create an account to set up your account. This account will allow you to access many government websites, including both SAM and

SAM Registration

On April 4, 2022, the federal government switched from using a DUNS number to a new Unique Entity Identifier, also known as a “UEI.” The UEI is a 12-character alpha numeric value that will be assigned by SAM for free. You must have a UEI in order to submit your Partnership Agreements application.

Organizations already registered with SAM:

  • A UEI has been automatically assigned to your organization by SAM. The UEI will be visible in your organization’s SAM record.
  • If you have difficulty locating the UEI, contact SAM at 1-866-606-8220 or see the help section of SAM’s website.

When registering/renewing your SAM account, you must select “Yes” when completing the “Representations & Certifications” section. All awardees are required to have these representations & certifications in order to receive an award.

Your SAM registration must be current at the time a grant is made, and throughout the life of the award. SAM registrations, once activated, can take a day or more to be visible in Verify your SAM registration well ahead of the application deadline. Registration

New Applicants:

  • If your organization is not yet registered with, go to Organization Registration, after setting up your account, and registering with SAM.
  • During the registration process, you will be asked to set up a separate username and password for
  • After creating your account, you may link your and accounts.
  • After linking accounts, you will use your credentials each time you sign in to

Returning Applicants:

  • If your organization already has registered with, renew your registration with SAM and verify that your registration with is current.
  • If you have not already linked your and accounts, you will be prompted to link your accounts when you click the “login” button on 

You must complete the registration process to access the application package. You will need the Username and Password that you obtain during the registration process to submit your application, and you won’t be able to submit your application unless your SAM registration is active and up-to-date., SAM, and Help

The NEA does not have access to your, SAM, or accounts. If you have any questions about or need assistance with these sites contact them directly:

  • Help: Consult the information posted in their Help Center, or use their online form to submit a question.
  • SAM Federal Service Desk: Call 1-866-606-8220 or see the information posted on the SAM website at SAM Help.
  • Contact Center: Call 1-800-518-4726, email, or consult the information posted on the website at Support. The Contact Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

All Applicants: Go to the Grant Opportunity Package

Access the Grant Opportunity Package by clicking on the link below:

            [Funding Opportunity Number 2023NEA04PA]

  1. Clicking the link above will take you directly to the application package in

  2. The “View Grant Opportunity” screen will open, click the red “Apply” button.

  3. You will be prompted to enter your Username and Password. In order to create the Workspace application, you must be logged into with a participant role of either Workspace Manager or Authorized Organization Representative (AOR). More information on participant roles can be found here.

  4. After logging in, to create a Workspace application:

    1. Fill in the Application Filing Name field, then
    2. Click the Create Workspace button.
  5. After creating a Workspace, you will be directed to the Manage Workspace page, where you can begin working on the application. 

  6. After accessing the Grant Opportunity Package, you can find each Mandatory form by clicking on it OR you can scroll down your screen and you will come to each form in succession. The forms are:

    • Application for Federal Domestic Assistance (SF-424 Mandatory): This form asks for basic information about your organization and application. Complete this form first. Data entered here will populate fields of other forms where possible.  
    • Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL): See instructions for completing this form below.
    • Attachments Form: This is not a form in the conventional sense, but rather a place to attach additional items (e.g., your application narrative and strategic plan) that must be included for your Opportunity Package to be considered complete. See instructions for completing this form below.

Application Instructions

To access the full National Services application instructions for off year applicants, download the application instructions PDF.