Upcoming Arts Endowment Grant Program Deadlines


From the National Endowment for the Arts –

Be sure to mark your calendar for the remaining FY21 Arts Endowment grant program deadlines in 2020. Organizations can generally apply to one FY21 Grants for Arts Projects deadline (either February or July 2020), in addition to any Our Town and CARES applications.

Application Deadline:
July 9, 2020
Grants of $10,000 to $100,000
for project support.

Our Town 

Application Deadline:
August 6, 2020
Grants of $25,000 to $150,000
for creative placemaking projects.

Grants for Arts Projects 2: Preparing to Apply

There is a lot of useful information on our website, all designed to enable you to submit the most competitive application possible. We encourage you to spend some time clicking through our site to explore the available resources related to the upcoming July Grants for Arts Projects (GAP 2) deadline. And to help with that, we’ve highlighted a few of the steps in our application process, to assist you if you plan to submit a GAP 2 application.

  1. Take care of and registrations
  2. Are you registered through and These free federal registrations are required in order to apply for Arts Endowment grants. Make sure your organization has a DUNS Number, and then take advantage of the helplines provided by both and to keep your registrations up to date. Note: To allow time to resolve any problems you might encounter, for the July 9 GAP 2 deadline you should finalize your registration by at least June 17, 2020, and submit to by at least June 30, 2020.
  3. Read the guidelines
  4. The grant program description and guidelines walk through important details on eligibility requirements, review criteria, project types, and more. Read through them thoroughly in advance of applying. Locals arts agencies will find GAP guidelines here and should choose “Local Arts Agencies” as their project discipline. Arts organizations that are not local arts agencies should follow the guidelines for the discipline most relevant to their project.
  5. Did you know? Generally, an organization is limited to one application per year in the Grants for Arts Projects category. Read more about Arts Endowment application limits here.
  6. Take advantage of online technical assistance tools
  7. Recorded online presentations offer an introduction to program guidelines and the grant application form. In addition, sample application narratives, an application checklist, and a search tool to review recent grants are all available online.
  8. Follow the step-by-step instructions to apply
  9. There are two required parts to submit a GAP 2 application. Part 1, which is now available online, includes a short form to be submitted through and is due July 9, 2020. Part 1 must be successfully submitted and validated by in order for you to submit Part 2. Please follow the step-by-step directions for both Part 1 and Part 2, to ensure that your application is submitted correctly.
  10. Contact staff

Don’t hesitate to contact program staff to ask questions. We’re here to help, and always happy to talk through the funding programs and your projects.

GAP 2: Resources Related to Challenge America

Organizations that had planned to apply to the canceled April 2020 Challenge America deadline can apply instead for project support through the July 2020 Grants for Arts Projects deadline.

Did you know? Grants for Arts Projects awards grants to organizations of all sizes and includes projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Additional information and guidance for past Challenge America applicants is available online.