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NEA Grants for Arts 2022

Slots:                                                    1 award total, NOT 1 per discipline. Exceptions listed below.

Exception to Slots:                           (1) NEA will accept more than one application in the Media Arts category; (2) A parent organization that comprises separately identifiable and independent components (e.g., a university campus that has a presenting organization and a radio station) may submit an application for each such component. An independent component must be a unit that is both programmatically and administratively distinct from the parent organization, have its own staff and budget, and generally have an independent board that has substantial responsibility for oversight and management. To qualify as independent, a component should be equivalent to a stand-alone institution with a separate mission.

Internal Deadline:                             Contact ORIF if interested.

LOI:                                                        July 8, 2021, 11:59pm ET (

External Deadline:                            July 20, 2021, 11:59pm ET (Application Portal)

Award Type:                                       Grant

Award Amount:                                 Applicants may request cost share/matching grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. In the past few years, well over half of the agency’s grants have been for amounts less than $25,000. 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.

Process for Limited Submissions: PIs must submit their application through the Office of Research Initiatives & Facilities (ORIF) Application Portal: Any limited submission that is not Camille Dreyfus, NSF-MRI, or the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation Inventor Fellows can select the ‘Limited Submission’ up top to submit.

Materials to submit – unless otherwise noted in the Office of Research Initiatives & Facilities (ORIF) write-ups below – include:

(1) Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.

(2) CV – (5 pages maximum)

This portal requires information about the PIs and Co-PIs in addition to department and contact information, including the 10-digit USC ID#, Gender, and Ethnicity. Please have this material prepared before beginning this application.

Materials to submit:

Link to Award:                      

Who May Serve as PI:                  To be eligible, the applicant organization must:


Grants for Arts Projects is the National Endowment for the Arts’ principal grants program for organizations based in the United States. Through project-based funding, the program supports public engagement with, and access to, various forms of art across the nation, the creation of excellent art, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life.

Disciplines include: Artist Communities, Arts Education, Dance, Design, Folk & Traditional Arts, Literary Arts (see note below), Local Arts Agencies, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Work, Theater, Visual Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts supports two general project types under Grants for Arts Projects Literary Arts:

The Arts Endowment encourages projects that use the arts to unite and heal in response to current events, as well as address any of the following:

Apply under the project type and associated deadline that most closely corresponds to the primary focus of your proposed project.

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for more updates and other announcements.

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