- Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
- Internal Deadline: May 9th, 2019
- Sponsor Deadline: July 11th, 2019
- Link: https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/art-works/grant-program-description
Art Works is the National Endowment for the Arts’ principal grants program. Through project-based funding, we support public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation, the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Projects may be large or small, existing or new, and may take place in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.
We encourage applications for artistically excellent projects that address any of the following activities below:
- Honor the 2020 centennial of women’s voting rights in the United States (aka the Women’s Suffrage Centennial).
- Engage with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); Hispanic or Latino organizations; or the Native American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian arts.
- Celebrate America’s creativity and cultural heritage.
- Invite a dialogue that fosters a mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all persons and groups.
- Enrich our humanity by broadening our understanding of ourselves as individuals and as asociety.
NEA Art Works funds projects only:
- A project may consist of one or more specific events or activities; it may be a part of an applicant’s regular season or activities. Organizations that undertake a single short-term project in a year — a ten-day jazz festival, for example — could apply for that event, or they could identify certain components (such as the presentation of a key artist and the associated activities) as their project. Describe the activities for which our support is requested, and provide specific information on the artists, productions, venues, distribution plans, etc., that will be involved.
- Organizations may apply for any or all phases of a project, from its planning through its implementation.
- A project does not have to be new. Excellent existing projects can be just as competitive as new activities.
- Projects do not need to be large. We welcome small projects that can make a difference in a community or field.
Matching 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 we determine 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.
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.
To be eligible, the applicant organization must:
- Meet the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Legal Requirements” including nonprofit, tax-exempt status at the time of application. (All organizations must apply directly on their own behalf. Applications through a fiscal sponsor/agent are not allowed. See more information on fiscal sponsors/agents.)
- Have a three-year history of arts programming prior to the application deadline.
- Have submitted acceptable Final Report packages by the due date(s) for all National Endowment for the Arts grant(s) previously received.
Selection Criteria- Applications will be reviewed on the basis of the following criteria:
The artistic excellence of the project which includes the:
- Quality of the artists, arts organizations, arts education providers, works of art, or services that the project will involve, as appropriate.
- Artistic significance of the project.
The artistic merit of the project which includes the:
- Potential to:
- Celebrate America’s creativity and cultural heritage,
- Invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, or
- Enrich humanity.
- Importance of the project to the artistic field, artists, audience, community, and/or constituency.
- Appropriateness of the project to the organization’s mission, audience, community, and/or constituency.
- Appropriateness of any proposed performance measurements. This includes, where relevant, measures to assess student and/or teacher learning in arts education.
- Plans for documentation and dissemination of the project results, as appropriate.
- Ability to carry out the project based on such factors as the appropriateness of the budget (including evidence of direct payment to artists), the quality and clarity of the project goals and design, the resources involved, and the qualifications of the project’s personnel.
- Where appropriate, potential to reach underserved populations such as those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited.
- Where appropriate, potential to honor the 2020 centennial of women’s voting rights in the United States (aka the Women’s Suffrage Centennial).
- Where appropriate, potential to engage with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); Hispanic or Latino organizations; or the Native American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian arts.
An organization may submit only one application under the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate verification with the NEA.
If you are interested in submitting for this program, you must first submit an internal application to email@example.com according to the required instructions below.
Internal Applications must include the following:
- A cover page listing:
- 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
- A brief (less than a page) summary of total costs that includes the total amount of and source for any cost share if additional funding is needed beyond the amount requested from the sponsor.
- 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).
Limited Submission announcements often generate multiple competing proposals. UGA reviewers judge proposals as they would in any peer review process, so PIs are urged to put their best foot forward. Along with typical criteria, reviewers will evaluate internal proposals based on their fit with the sponsor’s articulated goals and criteria.
Internal Submission Instructions
The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org by the internal deadline listed above.
Applicable fields and disciplines (click each item for details)
- Artist Communities
- Arts Education
- Folk & Traditional Arts
- Local Arts Agencies
- Media Arts
- Musical Theater
- Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
- Visual Arts
Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to email@example.com.
If you have questions, contact the NEA staff for the field/discipline that is most appropriate for your project.
View our calendar
for all Current and Closed Limited Submissions.
Subscribe to our listerv to receive weekly internal competition announcements.
What is a Limited Submission?