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Funder Tool Kits: NEA


This Funder Tool Kit specifically highlights the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). It includes news, priorities, funding opportunities, and award history, as well as proposal guidance and resources. The Funder Tool Kits are a collaborative effort between the UCF Libraries and ORC Research Development Team.


News, Opportunities, and Awards

NEA Strategic Plan & Five-Year Audit Plan (2015-2019)

NEA Art Works Strategic Plan (2014-2018)

NEA Facts & Figures - Includes fact sheets by discipline/field, reports, and more. 

NEA News:

NEA Informational Videos - A selection is included below. Many more available.

  • About Us - Learn about NEA's work in communities across the country.
  • Grant Process - Learn more about how NEA makes grants.
  • Creativity Connects - How arts sector and non-arts sector partnerships intersect to further common goals.

Publications - Hard copies and PDFs

NEA Budgets, Planning, and Other Resources:

NEA Podcasts

Recent Grant Announcements - View PDFs from individual grant announcements made in a fiscal year, as provided at the time of the announcement (2013-2017).

NEA Grant Search - A searchable database of all awarded NEA grants.

NEA Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Guide:

Sample NEA Application Narratives:

The ORC Research Development Team maintains a library of internal/external submitted proposals and can assist with securing a sample and submitting FOIA requests. Contact Madhavi (Maddy) Chokshi for more information.

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NEA Proposal Guidance

NEA Grant Review Process

Application Restrictions

Project Budget - Detailed budget instructions are available below.

Applications - see each NEA program for specific application instructions (see specific tabs in this Tool Kit section)

Art Works
To support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required.

Research: Art Works
Awards to support research that investigates the value and/or impact of the arts, either as individual components of the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life. Research: Art Works offers support for projects in two areas:

  • Track One: Value and Impact. These are matching grants ranging from $10,000-$30,000 for research projects that aim to examine the value and/or impact of the arts in any topic area(s) by using data and methods appropriate to the proposed research questions.
  • Track Two: Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs. These are matching grants ranging from $30,000-$100,000 for research projects that aim to test the causal or inferred-causal impact of the arts on individual or cohort outcomes by using experimental or quasi-experimental design methods appropriate to the proposed research questions.

     Important Information:

     How to Apply:

​​Challenge America
To support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Matching grants are for $10,000. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required.

     Important Information:

     How to Apply:

Our Town
Organizations may apply for creative placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and through strategies that leverage arts, culture, and/or design toward achieving community goals. Our Town offers support for projects in two areas: 

     Important Our Town Information:


Our Town: Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects:
These projects represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. They require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000.


Our Town: Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking:
These projects are available to arts and design service organizations, and industry, policy, or university organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000. 

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NEA Point of Contact at UCF

Kristin Wetherbee
​Director of Research Programs/Services
College of Arts & Humanities
University of Central Florida
(407) 823-0908

REACT support from ORC Research Development Team

A unique approach to supporting large, complex proposal submissions.

R:  The Research Development team promises to rapidly Respond to investigator needs by immediately making ourselves available and beginning the research support process.

E:  The Research Development team can Evaluate needs and available assets based on agency/RFP guidelines, existing infrastructure, collaboration requirements, and special requests (such as samples from the proposal library or FOIA requests and templates created for the specific announcement/agency).

A:  The Research Development team can Assist with proposal components and coordinate efforts with the C&G team and College/Institute Administrators. Research Development can help prepare non-technical components of the proposal such as Facilities Equipment & Other Resources, Current & Pending Support, Letters of Collaboration, Biographical Sketches, Collaborators & Other Affiliations, research timeline tables, and perform searches for UCF facts and demographics/enrollment data.  We can point to on-line materials that support the proposal preparation.

C:  The Research Development team can Coordinate the proposal progress through meeting/communication assistance, identification and connection with collaborators/partners, document management, review coordination (editorial review, technical peer review), proposal progress scheduling, and follow-ups with collaborators.

T:  The Research Development team can Track proposals through the stages of revision and finalization, and can provide post-submission evaluation.