ART WORKS Guidelines: How to Prepare and Submit an Application

These application guidelines provide all of the information that you need to submit an application. Your application will consist of a combination of information that you will get from the NEA's website, Grants.gov, and the NEA GrantsOnline™ System (NEA-GO). We urge you to read these instructions in their entirety before you begin the application process. You also may want to keep these instructions open in a window in your computer as they contain helpful links to information that you will need as you complete your application.

GUIDELINES WEBINAR: The Arts Endowment will be conducting an Arts Works Guidelines Webinar in January 2015. It will include an overview presentation followed by a Q&A session. Click here to register for the upcoming webinar and for an archive of the webinar after it is conducted.

There are two application deadlines for the Art Works category, each with a two-step process; you must apply to the one that is appropriate for your project (see "Art Works Application Deadlines").

Generally an organization may submit only one application under these FY 2016 Art Works guidelines, with few exceptions (see "Art Works Applicant Eligibility").

First Art Works Deadline

  • Step 1: February 19, 2015, no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time: Deadline of record, submit the SF-424 form (Application for Federal Domestic Assistance -- the form that asks for basic information about your organization and project) to Grants.gov.

    Step 2: March 5 to March 12, 2015, no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time: Upload a substantial part of your application, including narrative, bios, financial information, statements of support, and work samples to NEA-GO.

Second Art Works Deadline

  • Step 1: July 23, 2015, no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time: Deadline of record, submit the SF-424 (Application for Federal Domestic Assistance -- the form that asks for basic information about your organization and project) to Grants.gov.

    Step 2: August 6 to August 13, 2015, no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time: Upload a substantial part of your application, including narrative, bios, financial information, statements of support, and work samples to NEA-GO.

A complete application consists of:

Step 1: Submit through Grants.gov (February 19 or July 23 deadline):

Step 2: Submit through NEA-GO (March 5 to March 12 or August 6 to August 13):

  • NEA Grant Application Form

    You will submit a substantial part of your application through the Grant Application Form, including:

      * Answers to narrative questions about your organization and project.
      * Financial information about your organization and project.
      * Bios of key individuals.

  • Items to Upload

      * Programmatic activities list
      * Statements of support
      * Special items (For certain projects only)
      * Work samples