The National Endowment for the Arts’ State & Regional Partnership Agreement grants are awarded to the nation’s 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies (SAAs), and the six regional arts organizations (RAOs) whose members comprise SAAs. Partnership support is also available to the national service organization for the state arts agencies.
Partnership Agreement support enables these agencies and organizations to respond to needs identified through public planning undertaken with their constituents, partners, and stakeholders. This investment in locally-determined priorities extends federal reach and impact, translating national leadership into local benefit.
All SAAs, RAOs, and their national service organization must apply annually for this support. One third of all organizations submit a full application (“on-year”) while the remaining organizations (“off-year”) submit abbreviated applications.
State Partnership Agreements include general funding for the execution of all aspects of the SAA’s strategic plan and designated funding for folk & traditional arts, arts education, and reaching underserved communities. Participating SAAs also receive support to conduct the Poetry Out Loud program in their respective state. Regional Partnership Agreements include general funding for the execution of all aspects of the RAO’s strategic plan and designated funding to support touring and presenting activities that promote live arts experiences for audiences, with an emphasis on serving underserved communities.