National Endowment for the Arts
First application deadline: 2/10/2022

Grants for Arts Projects is our 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 art, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life.

Applicants may request cost share/matching grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. Designated local arts agencies eligible to subgrant may request from $10,000 to $150,000 for subgranting programs in the Local Arts Agencies discipline. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required.

Arts projects in the following disciplines are eligible: Artist Communities, Arts Education, Dance, Design, Folk & Traditional Arts, Literary Arts, Local Arts Agencies, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Arts, Theater, and Visual Arts.

Go to Artistic Disciplines for detailed information about project types and application deadlines.

A project may consist of one or more specific events or activities; it may be a new initiative or part of your organization’s regular season or activities. Organizations that undertake a single short-term program in a year could apply for that event, or they could identify certain components (such as the presentation of a particular artist and the associated activities) as their project. Organizations may apply for any or all phases of a project, from its planning through its implementation. A project should not encompass all of an organization’s activities or costs in a given year.

Applications from a variety of eligible organizations are encouraged, including those with small, medium, or large budgets; and ranging from rural to urban communities. Similarly, projects may be small, medium, or large. In recognition of the United States of America’s 250th anniversary in 2026, we also welcome arts projects that educate and engage communities in dialogue about the past, present, and future of our nation.

There are two Grants for Arts Projects application deadlines. Some disciplines (e.g., Literary Arts) only accept certain project types at each deadline; see the guidelines for your project’s discipline for more information.

Register now for the Grants for Arts Projects guidelines webinar for potential applicants on January 12 at noon, Pacific Coast Time.