NEA Grants for Arts: Presenting and Multidisciplinary Works
Internal Deadline: May 8, 2020, noon PT
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/presenting-multidisciplinary-works (/nea-multidisciplinary/)
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.
Through this funding area, the National Endowment for the Arts supports artistic works and events that present multiple disciplines, combine and/or integrate art forms, explore boundaries between art disciplines, fuse or transcend disciplines, and look to new forms of expression.
Projects should be multi- or cross-disciplinary in nature and may include work from the performing, visual, media, design, and literary arts. These projects can be for any stage of the artistic process including creation, commissioning, presentations, touring, training, residencies, and access to the arts. In addition, we also fund projects that provide services to artists and arts organizations. Projects that present or otherwise feature a single artistic discipline (including but not limited to dance, literary arts, media arts, music, musical theater, theater, visual arts) should apply through that discipline.
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.
Applications must be for projects only. A project may consist of one or more specific events or activities, and should not cover an entire season of programming. We do not fund seasonal or general operating support.
- The presentation and/or touring of new or existing works. This may include, but is not limited to, performances, exhibitions, festivals, and guest artist residencies.
- The creation and commissioning of new works.
- Artist residency programs.
- Participatory art works, community-based work, and projects with a distinct focus on community engagement.
- Projects that utilize artistically excellent art in civic and social practice, conflict transformation, and collaborative work with community partners.
- Festivals and other activities in public spaces that are intended to foster community interaction and/or enhance the unique characteristics of a community.
- Circus arts, site-specific work, and outdoor spectacles.
- Exposure and enrichment projects for youth, adults, and intergenerational groups. (If your project is for youth, see “Choosing the Right Discipline for Youth Projects” to help you in your discipline selection.)
- Services to artists and arts organizations. (Service projects that focus on a single discipline should apply through that discipline.) This may include, but is not limited to:
- Arts and arts-related conferences and convenings.
- Leadership training and other professional development opportunities for artists and arts administrators.
- Archiving, preservation, and documentation projects.
* See “We Fund/We Do Not Fund” to make sure your project is eligible.
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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