TRANSLATION PROJECTS: Award Administration

Award Notices

Grant decisions for the Literature Fellowships: Translation Projects category are expected to be announced by letter in August 2014.

General Terms & Conditions

Federal and agency requirements that relate to grants awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts are highlighted in our General Terms & Conditions. Included is information on reporting requirements and lobbying prohibitions.

Tax Liability

The Internal Revenue Code provides that the full amount of a fellowship grant is taxable to its recipient. If you have any questions about your own income tax liability, you should contact the Internal Revenue Service or your tax counsel.

Legal Requirements

By law, the National Endowment for the Arts may support only those organizations that:

  • Are tax-exempt. Organizations qualifying for this status must meet the following criteria:

(1) No part of net earnings may benefit a private stockholder or individual.

(2) Donations to the organization must be allowable as a charitable contribution under Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended.

For further information, go to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website at

  • Compensate all professional performers and related or supporting professional personnel on Arts Endowment-supported projects at no less than the prevailing minimum compensation. (This requirement is in accordance with regulations that have been issued by the Secretary of Labor in part 505 of Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations; part 505 does not provide information on specific compensation levels.)

  • Assure that no part of any Arts Endowment-supported project will be performed or engaged in under working conditions which are unsanitary or hazardous or dangerous to the health and safety of the employees involved.

  • Comply with the federal requirements that are outlined in the "Assurance of Compliance" section below.

Assurance of Compliance

By signing the application form, the Applicant certifies that it is in compliance with the statutes outlined below and all related Arts Endowment regulations and will maintain records and submit the reports that are necessary to determine compliance. The Applicant further certifies that it will obtain assurances of compliance from all subrecipients and will require all subrecipients of Arts Endowment funds to comply with these requirements. The Arts Endowment may conduct a review of your organization to ensure that it is in compliance. If the Arts Endowment determines that a grantee has failed to comply with these statutes, it may suspend, terminate, and/or recover funds. This assurance is subject to judicial enforcement.

  1. Nondiscrimination Statutes

The Applicant certifies that it does not discriminate:

For further information and copies of the nondiscrimination regulations identified above, contact the Arts Endowment’s Office of Civil Rights at 202/682-5454 or 202/682-5695 Voice/T.T.Y. For inquiries about limited English proficiency, go to, the FOIAReading Room, or contact the Office of General Counsel at or 202/682-5418.

  1. Regulations relating to Debarment and Suspension (2 C.F.R. pt. 3254) in which the Applicant certifies that neither it nor its principals is presently debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, declared ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from participation in covered transactions by any federal department or agency, nor has, within the three years preceding the submission of this application, been convicted of or had a civil judgment rendered against them for commission of fraud or a criminal offense in connection with a public (federal, state, or local) transaction or a contract under a public transaction; for violation of federal or state antitrust statutes; for commission of embezzlement, theft, forgery, bribery, falsification or destruction of records, making false statements, or receiving stolen property; had any public transactions terminated for cause or default; or is presently indicted for or otherwise criminally or civilly charged by a governmental entity with any of the preceding offenses.

  2. Federal Debt Status (OMB Circular A-129). The applicant certifies that it is not delinquent in the repayment of any federal debt. Examples of relevant debt include delinquent payroll or other taxes, audit disallowances, and benefit overpayments.

  3. Labor Standards (29 C.F.R. pt. 505). The applicant certifies that, if awarded a grant, it will comply with the labor standards set out in Labor Standards on Projects or Productions Assisted by Grants from the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.

  4. The Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (41 U.S.C. 701 et seq. and 45 C.F.R. pt. 1154)

    The Applicant certifies that:

    • If awarded a grant, he or she will not engage in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance in conducting any grant activity. (For the purposes of this Act, alcohol is not considered a controlled substance.)
    • If convicted of a criminal drug offense that is the result of a violation occurring during the conduct of any grant activity, he or she will report the conviction to the Arts Endowment's Grants & Contracts Officer, in writing, within ten calendar days of the conviction. This notice must include the grant number of each affected grant.