Arts Project Grants Announced

From a Rep. Nick Rahall Release
BECKLEY, W.Va. – U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) Monday announced the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is accepting applications for Grants for Arts Projects funding opportunities to support small and mid-sized community based arts programs in 2013.

 “West Virginia has an incredibly rich and unique arts tradition. From the earliest settlers to present times, West Virginians have played leading roles in the visual and performing arts, producing some stunning opportunities for our state,” said Rahall, a member of the Congressional Arts Caucus.  “I have long-supported funding for our state’s arts and culture programs, as they can introduce the world to our front porch hospitality tradition. Learning and listening to our music, experiencing our performances, both traditional and historic, and seeing the visual arts produced in southern West Virginia, is a great way to experience some of America's most compelling history.”

 NEA Grants for Arts Projects funding is available in two categories: Art Works and Challenge America Fast-Track.  Every NEA grant has a one-to-one funding match requirement. This means organizations must demonstrate in their application a funding match equal to the requested NEA grant amount from source(s) outside the federal government in their project budget.  These sources may be earned income like ticket sales, donations, or through in-kind contributions like theater space rental for free.

 Art Works grants range from $10,000 to $100,000, and support a wide variety of projects across all artistic disciplines. Previously funded projects include the creation of works of art through commissions and artists residencies; engaging the public with works of art through exhibitions, tours, and festivals; furthering lifelong learning in the arts in schools, communities, and at arts organizations; or increasing community livability through the arts.  Application deadlines are March 8, 2012, and August 9, 2012.

 Challenge America Fast-Track (CAFT) program supports projects from primarily small and mid-sized arts organizations that extend the reach of the arts to underserved audiences -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Challenge America Fast-Track grants are all $10,000 and receive expedited application review. Organizations are notified approximately six months after they apply with the possibility to start a project shortly after notification. Deadline for applications is May 24, 2012.

Eligible organizations can access information on the FY 2013 Grants for Arts Projects guidelines, including the Art Works and Challenge America Fast-Track categories at http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/index.html, and click on a discipline/field for more specific information.