Slots: An organization may submit only one application to the FY 2023 Grants for Arts Projects program (i.e., one application per calendar year), with limited exceptions.
Exceptions to the one-application rule are made only for:
- Parent (and Related) Organizations A parent organization that comprises separately identifiable and independent components (e.g., a university campus that has a presenting organization and a radio station) may submit an application for each such component. In addition, a parent organization also may submit one application on its own behalf for a project that is different from any project submitted in an application by its independent component(s).See detailed information about Parent (and Related) Organizations, including definitions and other requirements.
- Applicants to the Media Arts discipline at the July 7, 2022, deadline An organization of any artistic discipline may submit more than one application in the Grants for Arts Projects category through the Media Arts discipline at the July 7, 2022, deadline. Any additional applications must be for distinctly different projects that align with the vision and objectives of the Media Arts discipline.
Internal Deadline: Monday, January 10, 2022, 5pm PT
Grants.gov Submission: February 10, 2022
External Deadline: February 15-22, 2022
Recurring Deadlines: July 12-19, 2022
Award Type: Grant
Award Amount: Applicants may request cost share/matching grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. In the past few years, well over half of the agency’s grants have been for amounts less than $25,000. Designated local arts agencies eligible to subgrant may request cost share/matching grants ranging from $10,000 to $150,000 for subgranting programs in the Local Arts Agencies discipline.
Who May Serve as PI: To be eligible, the applicant organization must:
- Meet the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Legal Requirements” including nonprofit, tax-exempt status at the time of application. (All organizations must apply directly on their own behalf. Applications through a fiscal sponsor/agent are not allowed. See more information on fiscal sponsors/agents.)
- Have completed a three-year history of arts programming prior to the application deadline. For the purpose of defining eligibility, “three-year history” refers to when an organization began its programming and not when it incorporated or received nonprofit, tax-exempt status.
- You will be asked to provide examples of previous programming in the application. For applicants to the February 2022 deadline, programming must have started in or before February 2019; for applicants to the July 2022 deadline, programming must have started in or before July 2019.
- Programming is not required to have taken place during consecutive years.
- Organizations that previously operated as a program of another institution may include arts programming it carried out while part of that institution for its three- year history.
- Eligible organizations that received American Rescue Plan (ARP) or CARES Act funding may apply to this program as long as there are no overlapping costs during the same grant period.
Process for Limited Submissions
PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://orif.usc.edu/oor-portal/.
Materials to submit include:
- (1) Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.
- (2) CV – (5 pages maximum)
Note: The portal requires information about the PIs and Co-PIs in addition to department and contact information, including the 10-digit USC ID#, Gender, and Ethnicity. Please have this material prepared before beginning this application.
Grants for Arts Projects is the National Endowment for the Arts’ 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 excellent art, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life.
Disciplines include: Artist Communities, Arts Education, Dance, Design, Folk & Traditional Arts, Literary Arts (see note below), Local Arts Agencies, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Work, Theater, Visual Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts supports two general project types under Grants for Arts Projects Literary Arts:
- Literary publishing projects (February Grants for Arts Projects Deadline)
- Audience and professional development projects (July Grants for Arts Projects Deadline)
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.
Apply under the project type and associated deadline that most closely corresponds to the primary focus of your proposed project.