NEA Grants for Arts: Literary Arts – Audience and Professional Development Projects
Slots: 1 across all sub-categories listed.
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: July 9, 2020
Award Information: Type: Grant
Award Amount: Cost share/matching grants will range from $10,000 to $100,000
Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants
Materials to submit:
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.
CV – (5 pages maximum)
Link to Award: https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/gap/literary-arts
Who May Serve as PI: Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes may apply. Applicants may be arts organizations, local arts agencies, arts service organizations, local education agencies (school districts), and other organizations that can help advance the goals of the National Endowment for the Arts.
The National Endowment for the Arts seeks to sustain and nurture a multiplicity of American literary traditions, including, but not limited to:
- Ensuring that literary presses and magazines, community-based centers, and national literary organizations complement the trade publishing sector in the shaping of contemporary literature.
- Supporting organizations that nurture emerging and mid-career writers.
- Supporting endeavors to provide America’s readers with direct access to contemporary writers.
- Supporting the use of new technology and innovative projects.
In addition to offering Grants for Arts Projects grant opportunities for organizations, the National Endowment for the Arts offers fellowships to published creative writers and translators in the areas of prose and poetry.
While we welcome 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.
Audience and Professional Development Projects: These projects focus on local and/or national activities designed to promote and develop practitioners of, and audiences for, the literary arts. (Projects that are primarily focused on publishing and/or distributing books or journals should be submitted at the other Grants for Arts Projects deadline.)
Projects may include but are not limited to:
- Residencies, readings, author tours, writing workshops, conferences, and literary festivals.
- Podcasts, radio, video, and/or media endeavors that promote the literary arts.
- Innovative uses of technology, media, or new models to provide readers with access to writers and the literary arts.
- Efforts to maintain or augment America’s literary infrastructure and provide services, advice, and technical support to writers, translators, and literary organizations.
- Collaboration within and/or across fields to reach new audiences and encourage dialogue.
We fund nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes.
We fund 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.
- Projects may be in any of the Arts Endowment’s artistic disciplines.
Our grants cannot exceed 50% of the total cost of the project. All grants require a nonfederal cost share/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.
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