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Promotion of the Arts_Grants to Organizations and Individuals

Number: 45.024
Agency: National Endowment for the Arts

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
45.024 Promotion of the Arts_Grants to Organizations and Individuals
Federal Agency (030):
National Endowment for the Arts
Authorization (040):
National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, Public Law 089-209, 20 U.S.C 951 et seq.
Objectives (050):
To support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, the strengthening of communities through the arts, and increased public knowledge and understanding about the contributions of the arts.
Types of Assistance (060):
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
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; opportunities for arts organizations and artists to expand and diversify their audiences; innovative uses of new models or technology to create work or engage audiences; the preservation of significant works of art and cultural traditions; innovative creative placemaking that contributes to community livability; 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; development, production and national distribution of innovative media projects about the arts and of media projects that can be considered art; standards-based arts education activities for K-12 students; lifelong learning in the arts for individuals of all ages; professional development for artists and arts-related educators; the recognition of artists for their contributions to our nation's artistic heritage; partnerships with other government agencies and foundations to carry out quality projects or initiatives of mutual interest including international cultural exchange; other activities that acquaint foreign artists and cultural officials with the best of American culture; research that analyzes the value and impact of the arts in the United States; and NEA initiatives intended to address special needs or opportunities.

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.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
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 and translators. Certain master artists who have made extraordinary contributions to the arts in the United States are eligible for honorary fellowships awarded on the basis of nominations. See respective funding opportunities, guidelines, or program announcements for further information.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
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. Through activities and services supported, beneficiaries include artists and the general public.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Applicants should review relevant funding opportunities, guidelines, or program announcements at for full requirements.

For individuals, Literature fellowship applicants must be published writers. Nominators of candidates for NEA honorary fellowships for master artists must document the candidate's significant contribution to the applicable art form.

For institutions of higher education, allowable costs will be determined according to OMB Circular No. A-21; for other nonprofit organizations making application, allowable costs will be determined according to OMB Circular No. A-122. For local and state governments:. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Applicants should consult current funding opportunities, guidelines, or program announcements for the funding area under which they intend to apply. Relevant items are available on the Arts Endowment's Web site at Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. 2 CFR Part 215 (OMB Circular No. A-110) applies to this program.

Applicants must obtain current Arts Endowment funding opportunities, guidelines, or program announcements (available at Applicants must adhere to instructions, and must submit their applications through
Award Procedure (093):
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.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
Range of approval/disapproval time varies by funding category. Dependent on deadline dates and meetings of the National Council on the Arts. Details can be found in the funding opportunities, guidelines, and program announcements available at
Appeals (096):
Information on requests for reconsideration may be obtained from the headquarters office.
Renewals (097):
Not Applicable.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Grant awards to organizations generally must be matched at least 1:1 with non-federal funds. Awards to individuals do not require a match.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
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.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Most grantees must submit a Final Descriptive Report no later than 90 days following the end of the grant period. No reports are required from recipients of NEA honorary fellowships for master artists. No cash reports are required. All organizational grantees must submit a Progress Report at the point that the request for payment exceeds two-thirds of the total grant amount. All organizational grantees are required to submit a Final Federal Financial Report no later than 90 days following the end of the grant period. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. No audits are required for Arts Endowment awardees who are individuals.
Records (113):
Award-related records must be retained by the grantee for 3 years following submission of the Final Federal Financial Report.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 12 $66,939,629; FY 13 est $66,110,727; and FY 14 est $72,431,000 - The FY 2014 figure is based on the FY 2014 budget request. Each year's figures include funds for the Challenge America: Reaching Every Community and Our Town initiatives.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
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.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: The Arts Endowment anticipates receiving approximately 5,200 applications and making more than 2,200 awards in all 50 States and six special jurisdictions for a broad variety of arts projects. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Visit the Arts Endowment's Web site at for funding opportunities, guidelines, or program announcements.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
Headquarters Office (152):
Patrice Walker Powell 1100 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20506 Phone: 202-682-5441
Website Address (153):
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: Listings for FY 2014 will be posted on once grants are obligated. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
The primary criteria by which all applications are assessed are artistic excellence and artistic merit. For additional criteria, consult respective funding opportunities, guidelines, or program announcements available at