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Applications for Grants - Various Categories - Now Open

National Endowment for the Arts

Guidelines and application materials for four National Endowment for the Arts funding categories:

  • Grants for Arts Projects
  • Challenge America
  • Creative Writing Fellowships
  • Literature Fellowships for Translation Projects

Now available on the Arts Endowment's websiteGrant applications previously submitted to the Art Works category will now be submitted to the Grants for Arts Projects category. The National Endowment for the Arts supports projects in any part of the nation's 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

Click here for an online presentation that gives an overview of the National Endowment for the Arts' funding opportunities.

The FY 2021 Grants for Arts Projects and Challenge America programs support projects taking place beginning in 2021. Click the links in each section below for guidelines and application materials.

Grants for Arts Projects

Application Deadlines: February 13 & July 9, 2020
These grants support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. Cost share/matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required.

A Grants for Arts Projects Guidelines Online Presentation for potential applicants will be available in January 2020.

Please note that while the National Endowment for the Arts welcomes applications for a variety of artistically excellent projects, we encourage projects that address any of the following activities below:

  • Celebrate America's creativity and/or 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 a society.
  • In the spirit of White House Executive Orders that encourage federal agencies to engage with typically underserved constituencies, the National Endowment for the Arts encourages applications from:
    • 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.

Challenge America-Application Deadline: April 9, 2020
These grants support 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. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. Grants are for a fixed amount of $10,000 and require a minimum $10,000 cost share/match.

A Challenge America Guidelines Online Presentation for potential applicants will be available in January 2020. In addition, there will be a separate presentation available for previous Challenge America applicants interested in applying for Grants for Arts Projects. NOTE: An organization may not apply to both the Grants for Arts Projects AND the Challenge America categories.

Creative Writing Fellowships: Poetry-Application Deadline: March 11, 2020
These $25,000 grants to published creative writers enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Fellowships alternate each year between poetry and prose and FY 2021 fellowships are to support poetry.

Literature Fellowships for Translation Projects-Application Deadline: January 15, 2020
Translation Projects enable recipients to translate works from other languages into English. Non-matching grants are for $12,500 or $25,000.

Visit the Arts Endowment's Literature Fellowships webpage to read excerpts by and features on past Creative Writing Fellows and Literature Translation Fellows.

Questions about any of these guidelines or your application? Please use the list on the NEA's website to determine your appropriate staff contact. Please note that guidelines for the Research award opportunities will be available in January and the Our Town guidelines will be available in May 2020.