Time to Apply for NEA Grants!

January 7, 2013


The National Endowment for the Arts has just released its guidelines for 2014 grants. Some of the programs (Arts Works and Challenge America Fast-Track) have deadlines as soon as March so you might want to think about applying soon! Go to www.arts.gov for more information. 


The press release from the NEA describes Art Works and Challenge America Fast-Track as follows: 


“Art Works is the NEA’s largest funding category, supporting the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. In fiscal year 2012, the NEA supported more than 1,790 grants totaling $102 million through this category. The deadlines for Art Works applications are March 7 and August 8, 2013.

Challenge America Fast-Track category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. These grants feature an expedited review process with approximately six months from application to notification. In fiscal year 2012, Challenge America funded 153 grants totaling $1.53 million. The deadline for Challenge America Fast-Track is May 23, 2013.”


If it seems overwhelming, don’t worry. There are webinars coming up to explain how to prepare an application. A dance-specific one will be held February 5th at 4:00 pm EST. (http://arts.gov/podweb/webinars.html).