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Grants to USA Nonprofits, IHEs, Agencies, and Tribes for Arts Activities and Events

Grants for Arts Projects (GAP)


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Funding Source
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
CFDA Number: 45.024
Funding or PIN Number: 2023NEA01GAP1
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Important Dates
Deadline: 07/06/23 11:59 PM ET - deadline; 07/18/21 11:59 PM ET - Application Portal deadline Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, IHEs, agencies, and tribal entities for arts initiatives and events. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Eligible disciplines include media arts, dance, design, musical theater, arts education, artist communities, folk and traditional arts, literary arts, local arts agencies, media arts, museums, music, opera, presenting and multidisciplinary works, and visual arts.

For more information on eligible artistic disciplines, see

A project may consist of one or more specific events or activities; it may be a new initiative or part of your organization’s regular season or activities. Organizations that undertake a single short-term program in a year could apply for that event, or they could identify certain components (such as the presentation of a particular artist and the associated activities) as their project. Organizations may apply for any or all phases of a project, from its planning through its implementation.

Areas of Particular Interest

The NEA is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, and fostering mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all individuals and groups. Projects are encouraged that address any of the following:

  • Elevate artists as integral and essential to a healthy and vibrant society.
  • Celebrate the nation’s creativity and/or cultural heritage.
  • Facilitate cross-sector collaborations that center the arts at the intersection of other disciplines, sectors, and industries.
  • Contribute to healthy and thriving local, regional, state-wide, and national arts ecosystems and arts infrastructures.
  • Invest in organizational capacity-building and leadership development for arts organizations, arts workers, and artists.
  • Build arts organizations’ capacity to serve a broad public through digital or emergent technology and/or support tech-centered creative practices across all artistic disciplines and forms.
  • Originate from or are in collaboration with the following constituencies encouraged by White House Executive Orders:
    • Historically Black Colleges and Universities, 
    • Tribal Colleges and Universities, 
    • American Indian and Alaska Native tribes,
    • Predominantly Black Institutions,
    • Hispanic Serving Institutions, 
    • Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and
    • Organizations that support the independence and lifelong inclusion of people with disabilities.

In recognition of the United States of America’s 250th anniversary in 2026, we also welcome arts projects that educate and engage communities in dialogue about the past, present, and future of our nation.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
The following are eligible to apply:
- Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations;
- Units of state or local government; or
- Federally recognized tribal communities or tribes.

Applicants may be arts organizations, local arts agencies, arts service organizations, local education agencies (school districts), and other organizations that can help advance the NEA’s goals.

To be eligible, the applicant organization must:
- Meet the NEA’s "Legal Requirements" including nonprofit, tax-exempt status at the time of application.
- Have completed a three-year history of arts programming prior to the application deadline.

For further information on eligibility, see

The following are not eligible to apply:
- Individuals;
- Applications through a fiscal sponsor/agent (organizations must apply directly on their own behalf, see more information on fiscal sponsors/agents); or
- Designated state and jurisdictional arts agencies (SAAs) and their regional arts organizations (RAOs).

For unallowable activities/costs, see

Pre-Proposal Conference
Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) Application Guidelines Webinar
Wednesday, January 11, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Discipline-specific GAP Application Guidelines Webinars:
Thursday, January 19, 2023
2:00 - 3:00 pm ET

Tuesday, January 17, 2023
2:00 - 3:00 pm ET

Media Arts
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

Registration links and more information can be found at

Pre-Application Information
First Grants for Arts Projects Deadline:
- Part 1 - Submit to February 9, 2023 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time. Prepare application material so that it’s ready to upload when the Applicant Portal opens
- Part 2 - Submit to Applicant Portal: February 14-21, 2023 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time
- Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection: November 2023
- Earliest Start Date for Proposed Project: January 1, 2024

Second Grants for Arts Projects Deadline:
- Part 1 - Submit to July 6, 2023 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time. Prepare application material so that it’s ready to upload when the Applicant Portal opens
- Part 2 - Submit to Applicant Portal: July 11-18, 2023 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time
- Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection: April 2024
- Earliest Start Date for Proposed Project: June 1, 2024

All Artist Communities and Design applicants must apply at the February 9, 2023, deadline.

Late, ineligible, and incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

An organization may submit only one application under these FY 2024 Grants for Arts Projects guidelines (i.e., one application per calendar year).

Before applying, your organization must create and maintain up-to-date registrations with both the System for Award Management (SAM) at and Registering and maintaining accounts with SAM and is always Free.

Registration in and can take many weeks. Give yourself plenty of time to get registered. Similarly, submit your application to well in advance of the deadline in case you encounter any difficulties.

How to apply:


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Estimated Size of Grant
Grants range from $10,000 to $100,000. In the past few years, a majority of the agency's grants have been for amounts less than $25,000. In addition, designated local arts agencies eligible to subgrant may request cost share/matching grants ranging from $30,000 to $150,000 for subgranting programs in the Local Arts Agencies discipline.

Contact Information
If you have questions, call or email the appropriate staff contact:

The National Endowment for the Arts
400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

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