NEA Art Works Solicitation

Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity. Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO).

Program Summary

Through project-based funding, NEA Art Works 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 Art Works 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.

This program funds projects only.

Applications should be in one of the following disciplines:

  • Arts Education
  • Dance
  • Folk & Traditional Arts
  • Literature
  • Local Arts Agencies
  • Media Arts
  • Museums
  • Music
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
  • Presenting & Multdisciplinary Works
  • Theater
  • Visual Arts

Deadlines

CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST May 22, 2019

Sponsor Application Deadline: July 11, 2019

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Project Summary (2 pages maximum): Please make sure to address the artistic excellence and artistic merit of the project.
  • PI CV
  • Budget Overview (1 page maximum): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required.

To access the online application, visit: https://colorado.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/6350

Eligibility

Applicants must have a three-year history of arts programming prior to the application deadline.

Limited Submission Guidelines

An organization may submit only one application under these FY 2020 Art Works guidelines, with few exceptions as listed below. For this category, exceptions to the one-application rule are made only for:

Parent (and Related) Organizations

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. In addition, a parent organization also may submit one application on its own behalf for a distinctly different project. The parent organization must meet the eligibility requirements for all applicants. NOTE: A related organization that performs grant administration duties for a parent organization (e.g., a college foundation that administers grants awarded to a college and its components) may submit applications for components and the parent organization in lieu of such applications being submitted by the parent. The related organization must meet the eligibility requirements for all applicants.

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.

The following do not qualify as independent components:

  • Academic departments of colleges and universities.
  • Programs and projects of organizations.

For example: An art museum on a university campus serves the general public and does not grant degrees. The museum board, not the university trustees, manages the museum's budget, staff, and programming. In this example, the art museum essentially is a stand-alone organization and qualifies as an independent component.

A parent organization should consult with our staff to verify the eligibility of its component before preparing an application.

Applicants to the Media Arts discipline for NEA’s July 11, 2019, deadline: An organization may submit more than one application in the Art Works category through the Media Arts discipline at the July 11, 2019, deadline.

Award Information

Award Amount: Matching grants generally 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 we determine 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.

Award Duration: Up to 2 years. The two-year period is intended to allow an applicant sufficient time to plan, execute, and close out its project, not to repeat a one-year project for a second year.

Match Requirement: Grants cannot exceed 50% of the total cost of the project. All grants require a nonfederal 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.