National Endowment For The Arts (NEA)
The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and
established; bring the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965
as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts,
bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.
An organization may submit only one application through one of the following FY 2011 Grants for the Arts Projects categories.
For most organizations, these categories represent the full range of funding options for the entire year. Applicants
should examine the goal and purposes of their project as well as the review criteria of the three categories , and
apply to the one category that is most relevant. The Arts Endowment will not transfer applications between
There are three main categories, each one providing a broad range of grant opportunities.
In order to learn more about
an individual category, follow the link:
Three NEA Categories
1. Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth—
To advance arts education for children and youth in school-based or community-based settings. This category supports
in-depth, curriculum-based arts education experiences that occur over an extended period. Projects must provide participatory
learning and engage students with skilled artists, teachers, and excellent art. All projects must include the
following components: 1) the opportunity for students and their teachers to experience exemplary works of art, in live
form wherever possible; 2) study of the art experienced including the acquisition of skills for practicing the art form
where appropriate; 3) the performance/making of the art within the discipline(s) studied; and 4) assessment of student
learning according to national or state arts education standards.
Deadline: June 10, 2010
2. Access to Artistic Excellence—
To encourage and support artistic excellence, preserve our cultural heritage, and provide access to the arts for all
Americans. This category supports projects that provide short-term arts exposure or arts appreciation for children and
youth as well as intergenerational education projects. Online, there are multiple disciplines to which one can apply under
Deadline: March 11 and August 12, 2010
3. Challenge America Fast-Track Review Grants—
For support, primarily to small and mid-sized organizations, of projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved
populations. Grants are for $10,000. Funding is not available for curriculum-based instruction in the arts.
Deadline: May 27, 2010
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