NEA Grant News: Advocacy Update - (January 13, 2011)

NEA Launches New FY12 Grant Guidelines
Washington, D.C. - The latest grant application guidelines released today by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) include significant changes from prior years. For FY12, the Access to Artistic Excellence and Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth categories have been replaced with a new funding category called Art Works, with the sub-categories of Creation, Engagement, Livability, and Learning. The NEA promotes creativity and public access to the arts in communities across the country through direct grants to arts organizations, state funding partnerships, and national initiatives. NEA grants awarded to orchestras provide vital funding for projects that support and increase access to music in communities nationwide.

View the New FY12 NEA Guidelines
Free League Webinar: A New Approach to NEA Grants on January 24, 1pm EST
Understanding the new NEA grant guidelines is essential to preparing a successful application. To assist orchestras, the League is hosting a live webinar with experts from the NEA. Join NEA Music and Opera Director Wayne Brown and Arts Education Director Sarah Cunningham as they walk orchestras through the guideline changes, and learn everything you need to know about the new application requirements and reporting procedures. The free webinar will take place January 24 at 1pm EST.

Register for the NEA Grants Webinar Today

Note NEA Grant Deadlines and Categories
The NEA has set the following deadlines for FY12 Grants for Arts Projects applications, in the new major categories of support for organizations:

  • Art Works: March 10, 2011
  • Art Works: August 11, 2011
  • Challenge America Fast-Track: May 26, 2011

As your orchestra considers the new grant structure and prepares for upcoming deadlines, view the NEA's helpful online overview explaining the changes to the grant categories.

View NEA FY12 Grant Category Overview


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