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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

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07/19/22 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, agencies, and tribal entities for arts initiatives and events. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Eligible disciplines include media arts, dance, design, musical theater, arts education, artist communities, folk and traditional arts, literary arts, local arts agencies, media arts, museums, music, opera, presenting and multidisciplinary works, and visual arts.

For more information on eligible artistic disciplines, see

A project may consist of one or more specific events or activities; it may be a new initiative or part of your organization’s regular season or activities. Organizations that undertake a single short-term program in a year could apply for that event, or they could identify certain components (such as the presentation of a particular artist and the associated activities) as their project. Organizations may apply for any or all phases of a project, from its planning through its implementation.

NEA encourages projects that use the arts to unite and heal, as well as address any of the following:

  • Elevate artists as integral and essential to a healthy and vibrant society.
  • Celebrate the nation’s creativity and/or cultural heritage.
  • Enrich our humanity by broadening our understanding of ourselves as individuals and as a society.
  • Originate from or are in collaboration with the following constituencies encouraged by White House Executive Orders:
    • Historically Black Colleges and Universities, 
    • Tribal Colleges and Universities, 
    • American Indian and Alaska Native tribes,
    • African American Serving Institutions,
    • Hispanic Serving Institutions, 
    • Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and
    • Organizations that support the independence and lifelong inclusion of people with disabilities.

In recognition of the United States of America’s 250th anniversary in 2026, NEA also welcomes arts projects that educate and engage communities in dialogue about the past, present, and future of the nation.

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GrantWatch ID#: 189889

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $10,000 to $100,000. In the past few years, a majority of the agency's grants have been for amounts less than $25,000. In addition, designated local arts agencies eligible to subgrant may request cost share/matching grants ranging from $10,000 to $150,000 for subgranting programs in the Local Arts Agencies discipline.

Term of Contract:

Support of a project (i.e., “Earliest Start Date for Proposed Project”) can begin no sooner than:
- January 1, 2023 (for applicants at the February 10 deadline), or
- June 1, 2023 (for applicants at the July 7 deadline)

Grants awarded under these guidelines generally may cover a period of performance of up to two years. The two-year period is intended to allow an applicant time to plan, execute, and close out its project, not to repeat a one-year project for a second year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following are eligible to apply:
- Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations;
- Units of state or local government; or
- Federally recognized tribal communities or tribes.

Applicants may be arts organizations, local arts agencies, arts service organizations, local education agencies (school districts), and other organizations that can help advance the NEA’s goals.

To be eligible, the applicant organization must:
- Meet the NEA’s "Legal Requirements" including nonprofit, tax-exempt status at the time of application.
- Have completed a three-year history of arts programming prior to the application deadline.

For further information on eligibility, see

The following are not eligible to apply:
- Individuals;
- Applications through a fiscal sponsor/agent (organizations must apply directly on their own behalf, see more information on fiscal sponsors/agents); or
- Designated state and jurisdictional arts agencies (SAAs) and their regional arts organizations (RAOs).

For unallowable activities/costs, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

The “FY 2023 Grants for Arts Projects Guidelines Webinar” will take place on Wednesday, January 12th at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Pre-Application Information:

Submitting an application is a multi-step process:
- Complete registrations (SAM and
- Part 1: Submit to the “Application for Federal Domestic Assistance/Short Organization Form”
- Part 2: Complete the “Grant Application Form (GAF)” and upload items through the NEA’s Applicant Portal.

First Grants for Arts Projects Deadline:
- Finalize Registrations:
- Part 1 - Submit to February 10, 2022 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time. Prepare application material so that it’s ready to upload when the Applicant Portal opens
- Part 2 - Submit to Applicant Portal:February 15-22, 2022 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time
- Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection: November 2022
- Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance: January 1, 2023

All Artist Communities and Design applicants must apply at the February 10, 2022, deadline.

Second Grants for Arts Projects Deadline:
- Finalize Registrations:
- Part 1 - Submit to July 7, 2022 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time. Prepare application material so that it’s ready to upload when the Applicant Portal opens
- Part 2 -Submit to Applicant Portal: July 12-19, 2022 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time
- Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection: April 2023
- Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance: June 1, 2023

Before applying, your organization must create and maintain up-to-date registrations with both the System for Award Management (SAM) at and Currently, a Duns and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number is required by the federal government to register your organization with SAM. Registration in and can take several weeks. Give yourself plenty of time to get registered. Similarly, submit your application to well in advance of the deadline in case you encounter any difficulties.

An organization may submit only one application under these FY 2023 Grants for Arts Projects guidelines (i.e., one application per calendar year).

All grants require a nonfederal cost share or match of at least 1 to 1.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

If you have questions, call or email the appropriate staff contact:

The National Endowment for the Arts
400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
202.682.5400 Contact Center:
Call 1-800-518-4726

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