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Promotion of the Arts_Grants to Organizations and Individuals

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This federal aid program is managed by:

National Endowment for the Arts


To support excellence in the arts, both new and established; bring the arts to all Americans; and provide leadership in arts education. [NOTE: Grants using Recovery Act funds (under this same CFDA number) to support the preservation of jobs in the nonprofit arts sector were made in FY 2009, and FY 2010. Information on these grants is reflected here only in those sections that specifically ask about FY 2009 and FY 2010. Recovery Act grants are no longer available.].

Funding obligations:

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 09 $98,970,658; FY 10 est $80,787,879; FY 11 est $76,188,000 - FY 2009 figures include $69,317,780 for the NEA's regular grants and $29,652,878 in Recovery Act funding. FY 2010 figures include $80,515,757 for the NEA's regular grants and $272,122 in Recovery Act funding. The FY 2011 figure above is for regular grants only. Each year's regular grant figures include funds for the Challenge America: Reaching Every Community initiative. FY 2009 and 2010 figures also include funds for American Masterpieces, which is likely to be phased out for 2011. FY 2011 includes funds for the proposed Our Town initiative.

Uses and Use Restrictions:

The NEA's grants support projects that include: opportunities for artists to create, refine, perform, and exhibit their work; the presentation of artistic works of all cultures and periods; the preservation of significant works of art and cultural traditions; opportunities for arts organizations and artists to expand and diversify their audiences; opportunities for individuals to experience and participate in a wide range of art forms and activities; opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of arts organizations and artists; the strengthening of communities through the arts; the recognition of artists for their contributions to our nation's cultural heritage; nationally distributed television, radio, and Internet programs on the arts; the acquisition by children and youth of knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts consistent with national or state arts education standards; partnerships with other federal agencies to carry out quality projects or initiatives of mutual interest; activities, carried out in partnership with foundations or other government agencies, which provide increased opportunities for international cultural exchange; activities that acquaint foreign artists and cultural officials with the best of American culture; and NEA initiatives intended to advance the arts significantly, demonstrate national or field-wide importance, and benefit Americans in communities throughout the country. Consult the current funding opportunities, guidelines, or program announcements for the area of interest for complete information (see Grant funds must be used for the purposes outlined in the relevant guidelines or program announcement, and in accordance with the National Endowment for the Arts General Terms and Conditions for Grants and Cooperative Agreements. All of the funds under 'Promotion of the Arts - Grants to Organizations and Individuals' are discretionary.

Examples of Funded Projects:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: Listings for FY 2011 will be posted on once grants are obligated. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Program Accomplishments:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: The Arts Endowment anticipates receiving more than 5,400 applications and making more than 2,500 awards in all 50 States and six special jurisdictions for a broad variety of arts projects. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Types of Assistance:


Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

Most of the Arts Endowment's regular grants range from $10,000 to $100,000. Grants of $100,000 or more are made only in rare instances, and only for projects that the Arts Endowment determines demonstrate exceptional national or regional significance and impact. In the past few years, well over half of the Agency's grants have been for amounts less than $25,000.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

The length of time the assistance is available and money awarded can be spent varies according to project or grant category. Most grants have a one-year period of support; some extend longer. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grantees must submit a request for payment to cover immediate allowable project expenses. Generally, these requests for payment may be submitted at any time during the period of support.

Applicant Eligibility:

Tax-exempt organizations meeting the following conditions may apply: (1) No part of any earnings may benefit a private stockholder or individual, and (2) donations to the organization are allowable as charitable deductions under Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. Examples of eligible organizations are arts institutions, arts service organizations, local arts agencies, official units of state and local governments, federally recognized tribal communities and Indian tribes. Generally, an organization may submit only one application for a single project under one of the category deadlines; must have a three-year history of programming prior to the application deadline; and must have submitted acceptable final reports by the due date for all Arts Endowment grants previously received. Individuals must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and, according to 20 U.S.C. 954 (c ), must demonstrate exceptional talent. Currently, the only individuals eligible to apply directly are published creative writers. Master artists in the folk & traditional arts, jazz, and opera are eligible for honorary fellowships awarded on the basis of nominations. See respective funding opportunities, guidelines, or program announcements for further information.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

Nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, local arts agencies, local education agencies (school districts), federally recognized tribal communities and Indian tribes, literary artists, and master artists in the folk & traditional arts, jazz, and opera. Through activities and services supported, beneficiaries include artists and the general public.

Award Procedure:

Applications generally receive three independent levels of review. First, they are reviewed by independent, national panels of artists and other arts experts. Panel recommendations are forwarded to the National Council on the Arts, which then makes recommendations to the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Chairman reviews the Council's recommendations and makes the final decision on all awards.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Patrice Walker Powell, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20506 Phone: (202) 682-5097.

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