Partnership Award Amounts

Funds to support region-identified goals and activities will be awarded based on consideration of:

  • NEA allocations;
  • Strength of the RAO plans and accomplishments in relation to the review criteria;
  • The number of SAAs that participate as members in the RAO; and
  • The region’s population.

The RAO Partnership Agreement grant complements support provided by state arts agencies (SAAs), other public and private funders, and revenue generated through earned income.

Additionally, funds for the following will be awarded to each RAO as part of their Partnership Agreement grant, relative to programming provided and pending availability of funds:

  • Activities that strengthen regional support of the folk & traditional arts field;
  • Artist-centered engagement; and
  • Accessibility

Funds will be awarded at varying amounts based on review.

Cost Share/Matching Requirement

All awards require a cost share/match of at least 1 to 1.

All costs included in your Project Budget, whether supported by NEA funds or cost share/matching funds, must be expended during your period of performance, including all costs associated with subgranting activity. Costs associated with other federal funds, whether direct or indirect, cannot be included in your Project Budget. Costs incurred before the earliest project start date of July 1, 2024, cannot be included in your budget or cost share/match.