National Endowment for the Arts

NEA Grants for Arts Projects

Program Summary 

The National Endowment for the Arts invites applications for its Grants for Arts Projects program. Grants are available for projects in the following areas (to be submitted through one of the two categories listed below):
For most organizations, the following categories represent the full range of funding options for the entire year. Applicants should examine the goal and purposes of their project as well as the review criteria of these two categories and apply to the one category that is most relevant. The Arts Endowment will not transfer applications between categories.
Art Works Category
The Art Works category supports 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. Within these areas, innovative projects are strongly encouraged. Grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. Application deadlines (depending on the application category) are March 7 and August 8, 2013.
Challenge America Fast Track Category
The ChallengeAmerica 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. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. The application deadline May 23, 2013.
An organization that applies to the Challenge America Fast-Track category may not submit another application to the Art Works category. 
An organization may apply to other Arts Endowment funding opportunities, including Our Town, in addition to Challenge America Fast-Track. In each case, the request must be for a distinctly different project.


The University of Iowa may submit one Grants for Arts Projects program application during 2013. As deadlines for the category areas vary, this internal competition will select the UI nominee for 2013. Eligibility criteria for each discipline area differ. Please visit the NEA website listed below and choose your particular area to determine if your project is eligible.

Exceptions to the one-application rule: The University of Iowa Press, The Iowa Writers Program, The Iowa Review, Hancher Auditorium, and the University of Iowa Museum of Art are considered separate entities for NEA purposes and may each submit one Grants for Arts Projects program application. Consortium applications are also an exception to the one-application rule.
Internal Selection Process
The Office of the Vice President for Research has established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominee. Applications will be reviewed according to the sponsor's selection criteria. Consideration will also be given to UI institutional strengths and strategic directions. Potential applicants must submit, using the preselection link below, the following information:
  1. A two page CV;
  2. A letter of support from the applicant's DEO; and
  3. A description of the proposed project. It should have the following elements:

The above materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 24, 2013. The selected nominee will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's deadline, which varies with the program of competition.  Please check the NEA website for specific details and dates for the program of interest.

Proposal Due to OVPRED01/24/2013 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF02/28/2013
Date Due to Sponsor03/07/2013
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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