NEA Changes to Art Works and Challenge America Fast-Track Application Format and Deadlines

We're writing to give you a heads up about some changes in how you will apply to the NEA's Art Works and Challenge America Fast-Track categories. New guidelines will be posted on our website in January 2014.

The application deadlines and process have changed.

Application deadlines for Art Works are February 20 and July 24, 2014. The deadline for Challenge America Fast-Track is May 8, 2014.

You will continue to submit your application material both through Grants.gov and the NEA GrantsOnline™ System (NEA-GO), as previous applicants have done. However, next year you will submit the substantial part of your application through NEA-GO rather than Grants.gov. To implement this new process, the application deadline dates are shifting to be a little bit earlier this year, so mark your calendars.

Here's how it will work for the second Art Works deadline:

Step 1: July 24, 2014

You'll submit the Application for Federal Domestic Assistance (SF-424 -- the form that asks for basic information about your organization and project) through Grants.gov. Yes, that's all you'll submit through Grants.gov!

This is the deadline of record. If you do not submit the SF-424 successfully by July 24, you will be unable to submit a full application through NEA-GO. We encourage you to submit the SF-424 no later than ten days prior to the deadline to give yourself ample time to resolve any problems that you might encounter. If you do not submit the SF-424 to Grants.gov at least ten days prior to the actual deadline, you may encounter unexpected problems that will cause you to miss the deadline. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.

Step 2: August 7-21, 2014

NEA-GO will open for you to submit the NEA Grant Application Form and your work samples. You will have until 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on August 21, 2014, to upload, preview/check, and submit your application material and work samples electronically.

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

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

You will be able to see the Grant Application Form and the information that it collects when the guidelines are posted in January.

While you will not have access to the Grant Application Form until NEA-GO opens for you to submit your application material, you can and should prepare your responses and material well in advance of the August 21 deadline and have them fully ready to upload once NEA-GO opens for you. The version of the form that you will be able to see in January will let you know what is required and any specifications about your material (e.g., character limits for narrative responses).

Upcoming Webinars

We'll be conducting a series of webinars on the new guidelines and application process. We're hosting the webinars by discipline/field so that appropriate staff will be available to answer your questions. However, please join us for any webinar that suits your schedule:

Dates Webinar
January 14, 2014
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Design (archive)
January 14, 2014
2:30 - 3:30 pm
Arts Education (archive)
January 14, 2014
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Visual Arts (archive)
January 15, 2014
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Media Arts (archive)
January 15, 2014
2:30 - 3:30 pm
Literature (archive)
January 15, 2014
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Museums (archive)
January 21, 2014
2:30 - 3:30 pm
Local Arts Agencies (archive)
January 22, 2014
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Theater & Musical Theater (archive)
January 22, 2014
2:30-3:30 pm
Dance (archive)
January 29, 2014
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Artist Communities
January 29, 2014
2:30-3:30 pm
Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
January 29, 2014
4:00-5:00 pm
Folk & Traditional Arts
February 4, 2014
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Music
February 4, 2014
2:30 - 3:30 pm
Opera

Challenge America Fast-Track will follow later in the year in April.

If you're unable to make the webinars, they'll be archived on our website.

Additional changes

  • The Arts Education discipline has added a new project type for Collective Impact Grants.  Archived webinars on Collective Impact can be found here and here.
  • We've also clarified that the NEA won't make grants for less than $10,000, and we've added language to define what we mean by fiscal sponsorship.