The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grants might just be one of the most sought after grants in the United States. There’s a simple reason behind this: the grant given is no less than $10,000, with the average grant awardees received around $15,000 to $25,000. In some special cases, huge grant money (more than $100,000) may be given in special occasions, where the project demonstrates exceptional impact and significance.
The NEA focuses on three aspects: the art as the object of work from the professionals, the art as the subject that influences the audience, and the art as artistic work. The NEA expects that the artworks can enhance humanities, empowering creativities, and pushing innovations in our society. In short, the NEA is supporting art projects that exceed the art itself.
National Endowment Funds for Humanities
The NEA is welcoming projects that are innovative and transformative that might have meaningful change in the current or existing art forms. They are also accepting arts with fresh insights and values with unconventional approaches, and have potentials to lead to other advances in the field. The submitted art project should have a highest standard of excellence, good public engagement, learning potentials, and ability to strengthen the community.
There are some specific interests shown by the NEA. Here are some hints of the art projects that they want you to make. It should either be:
- Art project that reach underserved populations
- Art project that has field-wide significant effect on the local, regional, or national community
- Art project that offers innovation that can serve as a model in its field
They also stress the importance of the involvement of people with disabilities and underserved people in the project. To apply, the nonprofit can visit the website and read get the application online.
Although you might have heard that the National Endowment for the Arts does not provide grants for individual person, this is not actually true. There are two individual grant programs available in the Literature arts from the NEA, which include:
Creative Writing Fellowships
It’s a fellowship program worth $25,000, available for individuals who are planning to focus on research, travel, career advancement courses and writing poetry, creative nonfiction and fiction. The application deadline is typically on early March, with the notification of the winners on December. The fellowship will start the next month after the notification is received.
Ranging between $12,500 and $25,000, this is another good program from the NEA. While this is not actually a grant, this can still generate some good money. This is a work project that requires the recipients to translate artwork from other languages into English. The amount of money you will receive depends on two things, including the quality of translation (with artistic value considered) and also the project’s merit. If you’re intended to join the program, make sure to submit the application before December. The winner will be notified on August, and the program will start on November the next year.
Over the years, there are numerous writers who won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Awards, and National Book Awards received the literature grant from the NEA.
So as you can see, the National Endowment for the Arts grant is available for both individuals and organizations!
- National Endowment for The Arts – Apply for a Grants
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