The National Endowment for the Arts Opens Applications for American Rescue Plan Funding

ACA Staff
June 25, 2021

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced guidelines for American Rescue Plan grants.

This new funding program comes out of a $135 million pool created through the American Rescue Plan Act earlier this year. Nonprofit arts and culture organizations and local arts agencies can now apply for grants of $50,000, $100,000 or $150,000 to cover general operating expenses. Applicants can apply regardless of whether they have received NEA funding in the past.

Grants can be used to fund staff salaries, fees/stipends for artists and contractual personnel to support organizational operations, facilities costs, costs associated with health and safety supplies for staff and/or visitors/audiences, and marketing and promotion costs.

Organizations who have received a CARES Act grant, funding from other NEA programs and/or from other federal agencies may apply as long as there are no overlapping budget cost items. There are no matching fund obligations.

The application deadline for Part 1 is August 12. Part 2 is due August 19-25 for organizations that fall under A-L in the alphabet, and August 27-September 2 for M-Z.


Attend an upcoming webinar!

AAC is partnering with the NEA to host a webinar specifically for the residency field on Thursday, July 29th at 12pm ET. Brandon Gryde, Director of Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works and Artist Communities at the NEA will share insights and facilitate a Q + A.  All staff, leadership and boards of artist residencies are encouraged to attend!


About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit to learn more.