Grants for Organizations

We fund projects only. Projects may consist of one or more specific events or activities. Projects do not have to be new. Excellent existing projects can be just as competitive as new activities. Projects do not need to be big either; we welcome small projects that can make a difference in their community or field.

Art Works

To support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000.

Changes to Art Works Application Format and Deadlines

Deadline has passed
Notification: November 2014
Earliest Start Date: January 1, 2015

Deadline has passed
Notification: April 2015
Earliest Start Date: June 1, 2015

Challenge America Fast-Track

To support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Matching grants are for $10,000.

Changes to Challenge America Fast-Track Application Format and Deadlines

Deadline has passed
Notification: December 2014
Earliest Start Date: January 1, 2015

Our Town

Organizations may apply for creative placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000.

Deadline has passed
Notification: July 2014
Earliest Start Date: Sept 1, 2014

Research: Art Works

The Research: Art Works category supports research projects to analyze the value and impact of the arts in the United States. Generally range from $10,000 to $30,000.

New guidelines will be available in August 2014


The Arts Endowment will not transfer applications between categories.

For additional funding opportunities such as program solicitations for cooperative agreements, please visit the relevant Artistic Fields page to learn more.