The National Endowment for the Arts Announces Application Guidelines Available to Support Arts Journalism Projects Through Art Works

Webinar on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 will assist applicants

Washington, DC -- The National Endowment for the Arts announces that funding for arts journalism projects is available through the NEA's Art Works funding category. Applications can be submitted through any of the NEA's 14 arts disciplines for projects featuring collaborations that strengthen the field of community arts journalism and arts criticism. These guidelines are for projects taking place in 2014.

In fiscal year 2012, the NEA supported more than 1,790 grants totaling $102 million in the Art Works category.

Applications for arts journalism projects can be submitted in any one of the following disciplines/fields.

artist communities
arts education  
folk and traditional arts
local arts agencies
  media arts
presenting and multidisciplinary works
theater and musical theater
visual arts

Applicants must be either

  • Not-for-profit , tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations,
  • Units of state or local government, or
  • Federally recognized tribal communities or tribes

Applicants are also required to have at least three years of programming history. Colleges and universities can apply but the NEA does not fund work required for an academic degree. For-profit media organizations are not able to apply directly but are encouraged to partner with not-for-profit organizations.

The NEA's funding guidelines present several opportunities. Arts organizations can serve their audiences as well as the broader, local arts community through arts journalism projects. Such projects also provide a means for arts organizations to partner with non-arts institutions (such as media institutions) to further the quality of cultural conversations and activities. With a greater number and variety of organizations participating in cultural conversations and activities, the arts community is strengthened. Finally, for all types of applicants, arts journalism collaborations help promote the cultural identity of a place.

This effort was inspired in part by the success of the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism program in 2012, though it is important to note that it is not a continuation of that program. Nor does this application invitation represent a new initiative, or a new funding stream.

Webinar for Potential Applicants The NEA will present a webinar for arts journalism applicants covering the basics of the Art Works funding category, how to apply to the NEA, and advice on preparing a strong application. The webinar will also review project examples. There will be time for Q&A with NEA staff. The webinar will be on January 29, 2013 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. EST at To register for the webinar, go here.

Art Works application deadlines There are two deadlines for Art Works grant applications: March 7, 2013 and August 8, 2013. Different project types are accepted at each deadline depending on the arts discipline of the project. Arts journalism projects fit under the engagement outcome for Art Work,s so applicants must use the deadline that corresponds to the engagement outcome for their chosen discipline.

To review the guidelines, go to the Apply for a Grant page, then click on your arts discipline or field. Click on Grants for Arts Projects and then Art Works.

NEA-generated content about arts journalism An eight-part blog post series started in August 2011 features guest journalists and artists as they explore different perspectives on community arts journalism. Also between January 22 and 29, 2013, the NEA will host a series of posts about arts journalism on its Art Works blog.

About the National Endowment for the Arts 
The National Endowment for the Arts, established by Congress in 1965, is an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. Join the discussion on how art works. Visit the NEA at


Victoria Hutter