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NEA Announces Two COVID Recovery Grant Programs for the Arts

From Americans for the Arts –

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced two new grant program guidelines to distribute approximately $80 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds directly to nonprofit arts and culture organizations and to local arts agencies to subgrant deeper into communities across the country. Earlier in the Spring, NEA distributed an additional $52 million of ARP funds to every state, jurisdictional and regional arts agency across the country for regranting purposes.

We are happy to report that applicants for this new grant program will NOT have to be a previous NEA grantee to be eligible to apply. There is a quick turnaround time for submitting applications. The NEA is providing robust technical assistance and we will also be hosting two ArtsU free webinars (see below) to provide additional assistance with speakers from the NEA.

NEA’s ARP Local Arts Agency Subgranting Guidelines are now available and the Application Deadline is Thursday, July 22, 2021. Approximately $20 million will be available for this category for grant amounts of $150,000, $250,000, or $500,000.

If you represent a Local Arts Agency, please register now for the Americans for the Arts ArtsU Free Webinar on Tuesday, June 29th @ 3:00pm ET to learn more about the specific guidelines for this program.

NEA’s ARP Direct Grants to Arts and Culture Organizations Guidelines are now available and the Application Deadline is Thursday, August 12, 2021. Approximately $60 million will be available for this category for grant amounts of $50,000, $100,00, or $150,000.

If you represent a nonprofit arts or culture organization, please register now for the Americans for the Arts ArtsU Free Webinar on Tuesday, July 6th @ 3:00pm ET to learn more about the specific guidelines for this program.

 

Americans for the Arts President and CEO Nolen V. Bivens enthusiastically applauds the NEA’s goal for this supplemental federal recovery program for the arts, as stated by the NEA’s Acting Chairman Ann Eilers: “A primary goal for the National Endowment for the Arts is to incorporate principles of equity, access, and inclusion in its implementation of the ARP grant program. These efforts constitute a critical step in the agency’s engagement with communities traditionally underserved by government.” Bivens added, “At a time when much of the arts and culture sector is still unemployed – arts jobs are down 21% since before the pandemic according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics – I fully support NEA’s funding which will assist the relief and recovery of the arts and culture sector.”