Limited Submission: Art Works II

“Art Works” refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field.

Art works by enhancing the value of individuals and communities, by connecting us to each other and to something greater than ourselves, and by empowering creativity and innovation in our society and economy. The arts exist for beauty itself, but they also are an inexhaustible source of meaning and inspiration.

The NEA recognizes these catalytic effects of excellent art, and the key role that arts and design organizations play in revitalizing them. To deepen and extend the arts’ value, including their ability to foster new connections and to exemplify creativity and innovation, the NEA welcomes projects that:

  • Are likely to prove transformative with the potential for meaningful change, whether in the development or enhancement of new or existing art forms, new approaches to the creation or presentation of art, or new ways of engaging the public with art;
  • Are distinctive, offering fresh insights and new value for their fields and/or the public through unconventional solutions; and
  • Have the potential to be shared and/or emulated, or are likely to lead to other advances in the field.

Beyond encouraging projects that demonstrate these characteristics, the NEA wants to achieve the following four objectives through the Art Works category:

  • Creation: The creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence,
  • Engagement: Public engagement with diverse and excellent art,
  • Learning: Lifelong learning in the arts, and
  • Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts.

Items of interest:

  • Partnerships can be valuable to the success of projects. While not required, applicants are encouraged to consider partnerships among organizations, both in and outside of the arts, as appropriate to their project.
  • American arts and design organizations must be inclusive of the full range of demographics of their communities, as well as individuals of all physical and cognitive abilities. Toward that end, projects for which NEA support is sought are encouraged to strive for the highest level of inclusiveness in their audiences, programming, artists, governance, and staffing. Projects that will explicitly address the issue of inclusion are also welcome.
  • The NEA is interested in projects that extend the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. This is achieved in part through the use of Challenge America funds.
  • Also of interest are projects, regardless of the size or type of applicant organization, that are of national, regional, or field-wide significance; that tour in several states; or that provide an unusual or especially valuable contribution because of geographic location. This includes local projects that can have significant effects within communities or that are likely to serve as models for a field.
  • Organizations that apply under these guidelines are urged to involve artists in their projects and to provide specific information on the participating artists in their applications.
  • The NEA is committed to supporting equitable opportunities for all applicants and to investing in diversity in the arts including works of all cultures and periods.
  • The NEA recognizes that the significance of a project can be measured by excellence and invention, not solely by budget size, institutional stature, or the numbers of people or areas that are reached.
  • Applicants are urged to make accommodations for individuals with disabilities an integral part of their projects.

The Art Works category does not fund direct grants to individuals. Direct grants to individuals are offered only in the category of Literature Fellowships.

Before applying, please read the FAQ.

Award Amount

  • Upper $100,000 USD
  • Lower $10,000 USD

All grants require a nonfederal match of at least 1 to 1. For example, if an organization receives a $10,000 grant, the total eligible project costs must be at least $20,000 and the organization must provide at least $10,000 toward the project from nonfederal sources.

Grants generally will range from $10,000 to $100,000. No grants will be made below $10,000. Grants of $100,000 or more will be made only in rare instances, and only for projects that the Arts Endowment determines demonstrate exceptional national or regional significance and impact.

Limitation Details

An organization may submit only one application under the FY 2018 Art Works guidelines, with few exceptions as listed here. Independent Components of UGA (e.g., a radio station or museum), as deemed by the NEA, may submit an application independent of UGA’s and will have their own 1-application limit. If you feel that your application qualifies as an Independent Component submission, please contact to coordinate verification with the NEA.

If you are interested in being UGA’s one submission, please submit an internal application according to the required internal submission instructions below.

Internal applications must include:

  • Your name, UGA position, email, and UGA office contact information
  • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions.
  • The specific field or discipline of your project (see Additional Information below)
  • One paragraph that describes the artists, arts organizations, arts education providers, works of art, or services that the project will involve, as appropriate.
  • A one-page description of the project that highlights
    • The extent to which the project deepens and extends the arts’ value, including the potential impact on artists, the artistic field, and UGA’s community
    • The ability to carry out the project based on such factors as the appropriateness of the budget, the quality and clarity of the project goals and design, the resources involved, and the qualifications of the project’s personnel
  • One paragraph that explains why your application should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why you think it will be the most competitive for this program).

Internal application submission instructions: The above internal application materials should be submitted as a single .PDF file via email to Lauren Sisko at by the listed internal deadline. Please submit questions to

Additional Information – Applicable fields and disciplines (click each item for details)

If you have questions, contact the NEA staff for the field/discipline that is most appropriate for your project.

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