National Endowment for the Arts

NEA: Art Works Grants (F/K/A: Grants for Arts Projects)

NOTE: The information below is taken from the 2013 guidelines and will be updated as soon as the 2014 guidelines have been released in January.  Please click here for additional information on upcoming changes recently released by the NEA.

Program Summary

The National Endowment for the Arts invites applications for its Art Works program.  "Art Works" refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field.

"Art Works" refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field.

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 of the following categories and apply to the one category that is most relevant. The Arts Endowment will not transfer applications between categories.

An organization may submit only one application to either Art Works OR Challenge America Fast-Track.

Exceptions to One-Application Rule

Media Arts:  An organization may submit more than one application under the Art Works category through the Media Arts discipline.  Organizations that are considering more than one Media Arts Art Works project under the August deadline must consult the Media Arts staff before applying.  The 2013 deadline was August 8.  The 2014 deadline is July 24 although updated guidelines regarding the number of Media Arts submissions allowed have not yet been released by the NEA.

Independent Component Status:  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 distinctly different project.  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 program application.

Award Information

All grants require a nonfederal match of at least 1 to 1.  Grants generally will range from $10,000 to $100,000. Grants of $100,000 or more will be made only in rare instances, and only for projects that the Arts Endowment determines demonstrate exceptional national or regional significance and impact. In the past few years, well over half of the agency's grants have been for amounts less than $25,000.  Grants generally cover a period of support of up to two years. 
Internal Selection Process
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development 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:
    1. A cover sheet with the project title, your name, department, and campus address, and the title of the program, program area and category you are responding to.
    2. A brief description of the proposed project (no more than two pages in length) that addresses the following NEA review criteria (Art Works or Challenge America):
      1. Artistic excellence of the project; and
      2. Artistic merit of the project.
  4. Additional pages may be used for references.
The above materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 9, 2014. 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 in your program of interest.


Proposal Due to OVPRED01/09/2014 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF02/13/2014
Date Due to Sponsor Varies -- see announcement
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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