2021 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grants for Arts Projects

The Syracuse University Office of Research is pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grants for Arts Projects competition. Only one applicant will be allowed from Syracuse University. View competition

2021 NEA Grants for Arts Projects Program Announcement: https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/gap/grant-program-description
Number of Possible Internal Nominees: 1
Internal Submission Due Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 5:00 PM
Selection Notifications: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 5:00 PM
Sponsor Deadline: Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 5:00 PM

A Limited Submission is a funding opportunity for which the sponsor sets an institutional limit for the number of proposals it will accept. In order to participate, Syracuse University must organize to submit our most competitive proposal(s). This requires an internal competition.

Synopsis of the Grants for Arts Projects Program: Previously the Art Works category, the Grants for Arts Projects is the NEA’s principal grants program. Through project-based funding, the program supports public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation, the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Projects may be large or small, existing or new, and may take place in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

The NEA funds projects only, and organizations may apply for any or all phases of a project, from its planning through its implementation. Please review the list of grants on the NEA website to see recent grant award levels and project types.

For more information on the competition, as well as information on COVID-19 and applying, please review the FAQ.

To apply, applicants must choose a discipline from the list on the NEA Grants for Arts Projects website. Scroll to the bottom of the page to “Select your project discipline.”

Funding and award period: No grants will be made below $10,000. Grants of $100,000 or more will be made only in rare instances, and only for projects that the NEA 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.

All grants require a 1 to 1 nonfederal cost share. Cost share/matching grants generally will range from $10,000 to $100,000.

Awards will be announced in November 2021. The earliest beginning date for the NEA period of performance is January 1, 2022. Grants may cover a period of performance of up to two years.

Application Materials: Applicants must submit a

    • Project Title (200 character limit, including spaces)
    • Project Summary (750 character limit, including spaces)
    • Project Description (3,000 character limit, including spaces)
    • Selection of Key Organizational Partners (1,000 character limit, including spaces)
    • Project Budget, including proposed project start date/end date (1-page)
    • Statement of Performance Measurement and Program Evaluation (1,000 character limit, including spaces)
    • Statement of Intended Audience/Participants/Community/Marketing (2,000 character limit, including spaces)
    • CV

NOTE that each NEA Grants for Arts Projects Discipline will have specific application guidelines and criteria for the project description that you should consult when preparing your application. Find the guidelines for your project discipline click here and follow the prompts under the drop down menu.

The PIs of the project selected to move forward will need to prepare additional supplemental materials, per the guidelines of their NEA Arts Projects discipline by the funding organization deadline.

If you have trouble determining your discipline or accessing the application information, please email Sarah Workman, Assistant Director for Proposal Development (Humanities) at srworkma@syr.edu for assistance.

Limited Submission Selection Process: Under the peer review process, limited submission applications will be evaluated by an internal selection committee. This group will rank the proposals in the following two categories:

    • The artistic excellence of the project, which includes
      • the quality of the artists, arts organizations, arts education providers, works of art, or services that the project will involve, as appropriate.
      • If appropriate, the extent to which the project deepens and extends the arts’ value.
    • The artistic merit of the project, which includes,
      • the importance of the project to the artistic field, artists, audience, community, and/or constituency.
      • The ability to carry out the project based on such factors as the appropriateness of the budget, the quality and clarity of the project activities and goals, the resources involved, and the qualifications of the project’s personnel.
      • If appropriate, the potential to serve and/or reach individuals whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.
      • The appropriateness of any proposed performance measurements. This includes, where relevant, measures to assess student and/or teacher learning in arts education.
      • If appropriate, plans for documentation and dissemination of the project results.
      • Evidence of direct compensation to artists, art collectives, and/or art workers.
      • The potential to reflect the purpose of the Grants for Arts Projects grants program.

The PIs of the project selected to move forward with full proposals will be notified by email on or before Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021.

Email srworkma@syr.edu with questions.

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