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Application guidelines are made available on the Arts Endowment's web site.
Staff checks whether the application met the deadline and, if so, assigns an application number and returns the completed Application Acknowledgment to the applicant. Applications are forwarded to Program staff.
Staff reviews applications for completeness and eligibility and may contact an applicant for clarification and additional information. Panel books with application materials are sent to panelists several weeks before the panel meeting. Work samples may be distributed in advance or may be held for review at the panel.
Panels generally meet from one to five days, depending on application load. Each panel
is made up of experts with knowledge and experience in the area under review. Each application is reviewed
and rated in accordance with the published review criteria.
The staff reconciles the panel recommendations with available funds and forwards them to the National Council on the Arts, where they are reviewed in open session.
The Council makes recommendations on which applications to fund and which applications to reject. Fast-Track Review Grants receive an expedited review. Following panel and staff review, recommendations are forwarded to the Chairman.
A letter is sent to applicants not recommended for funding. Applicants recommended may be contacted first for revisions to the project. Fast-Track Grant applicants will receive a preliminary letter of notification. Grantees later receive an official grant award notification with information about legal and reporting requirements.
To explore available funding opportunities, click on the artistic discipline or field below that is most relevant to your project. In most areas, funding is limited to organizations.
Federal Partnership opportunities such as Save America's Treasures and
Coming Up Taller are listed within the disciplines/fields.
Please go to Grants.gov to sign up to be notified when new guidelines are posted. See options under "Grant Opportunity Subscription Services."
Please note: The Arts Endowment makes direct awards to individuals
only through its Literature Fellowships, NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships,
and NEA National Heritage Fellowships in the Folk & Traditional