The National Endowment for the Arts is the only arts funder in America—public or private—that provides access to the arts in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. Each year, we award thousands of grants to provide all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.
We award cost/share matching grants to nonprofit organizations for a wide variety of arts projects, literature fellowships for published creative writers and translators, and Partnership Agreements with the 62 state/jurisdictional arts agencies and regional arts organizations.
We are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and fostering mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all individuals and groups. See the wide variety of projects and grant recipients we have funded.
We’re here to help you, and we welcome your calls or emails. Contact us if you have questions or need more information. We can explain and clarify funding opportunities, eligibility requirements, how to apply, and how your application will be reviewed.
Applying for a Federal Grant for the First Time?
If you are an organization that has not previously applied for a federal grant and plan to apply for an Arts Endowment grant, you must first obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and register at SAM.gov and Grants.gov. Read more
NOTE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the National Endowment for the Arts staff is working almost entirely off-site. As a result, we will not be able to accept and process postal mail and other deliveries in our usual manner. Because mail and other deliveries may be returned to sender, we ask that you not send us anything until the agency has resumed normal operations. We will update this notice as necessary to reflect evolving conditions.
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