Art Works is the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) principal grants program. Through project-based funding, NEA supports 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.
NEA encourages 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 a society.
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 NEA 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.
- Private institutions of higher education
- State governments
- Independent school districts
- Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- City or township governments
- County governments
- Special district governments
- Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized).
Please see the online FAQs
or the Agency contacts website
to determine the appropriate staff contact for each discipline for which you are applying.