Art Works is the NEA’s largest funding category. These grants range from $10,000 to $100,000 and cover a broad range of projects across all disciplines. Projects include commissions, residencies, rehearsals, workshops, performances, exhibitions, publications, festivals, training programs and literature fellowships. In fiscal year 2013, the NEA supported more than 1,640 grants totaling $50 million through this category.
Depending on the type of project in the application, the Art Works deadline is either February 20, 2014 or July 24, 2014.
CHALLENGE AMERICA FAST-TRACK
Challenge America Fast-Track grants support primarily small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations —those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. All of these awards are $10,000 matching grants. Projects include commissions, residencies, rehearsals, workshops, performances, exhibitions, publications, festivals and training programs. These grants feature an expedited review process with approximately six months from application to notification. In fiscal year 2013, Challenge America funded 153 projects totaling $1.53 million.
The deadline for Challenge America Fast-Track is May 8, 2014.
Resources for Applicants
• Please note some changes to the application format and deadlines
• Full application guidelines are available at http://arts.gov/grants/organizations-apply
• We strongly encourage applicants to contact NEA staff with questions; email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a call with an NEA program specialist
• Review previous grants at http://arts.gov/grants/recent-grants
• Full sample application narratives at http://arts.gov/foia/reading-room
• Art Works FAQS at http://arts.gov/grants-organizations/art-works/frequently-asked-questions
• Challenge America Fast-Track FAQs at http://arts.gov/grants-organizations/challenge-america-fast-track/frequently-asked-questions
• NEA staff will host webinars at http://arts.gov/videos/webinars
• Grants.gov registration checklist at http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration.html
who is eligible for an nea grant?
• Non-profit arts organizations
• Non-profit arts service organizations
• Local arts agencies
• Official units of state or local government
• K-12 school districts
• Federally recognized tribal communities
• Other non-profit organizations
• Colleges and universities
In order to offer potential applicants the highest level of technical assistance, the NEA has scheduled webinars covering the basics of the Art Works funding category, how to apply to the NEA, how to select work samples, and how to prepare a strong application. After each presentation, there will be time for Q and A with NEA staff. The schedule follows with all times Eastern Standard.
Artist Communities, January 29, 1:00-2:00
Arts Education, January 14, 2:30-3:30
Dance, January 22, 2:30-3:30
Design, January 14, 1:00-2:00
Folk & Traditional Arts, January 29, 4:00-5:00
Literature, January 15, 2:30-3:30
Local Arts Agencies, January 21, 2:30-3:30
Media Arts, January 15, 1:00-2:00
Museums, January 15, 4:00-5:00
Music, January 21, 1:00-2:00
Opera, January 21, 4:00-5:00
Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works, January 29, 2:30-3:30
Theater & Musical Theater, January 22, 1:00-2:00
Visual Arts, January 14, 4:00-5:00
To join any of the webinars, go to our website at http://arts.gov/videos/webinars.