How to Prepare and Submit an Application

These are expired guidelines. New guidelines will be posted by the end of December 2014.

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,, 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 WEBINARS: The Arts Endowment will be conducting Arts Works Guidelines Webinars for each discipline in January 2014. Each will include an overview presentation followed by a Q&A session. Click here to register for upcoming webinars and for archives of the webinars after they are 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 2015 Art Works guidelines, with few exceptions (see "Art Works Applicant Eligibility").

Second Art Works Deadline

  • Step 1: July 24, 2014, 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

    Step 2: August 7 to August 21, 2014, 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 (February 20 or July 24 deadline):

Step 2: Submit through NEA-GO (March 6 to March 20 or August 7 to August 21):

  • 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
      * Work samples