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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 OR Research Development Team.


FIND INFORMATION: News, Funding Opportunities, and Past 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 OR 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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PLAN YOUR PROPOSAL: Guidance and Resources

Note: See each tab for program-specific instructions and resources.

NEA Grant Review Process

Application Restrictions

Project Budget

The OR Research Development Team can provide support with proposal coordination, templates, samples, supplemental documents, reviews, and more. Visit our website for more information.

This resource tab provides specific information on two NEA programs: 


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: 

  • Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects (see below)
  • Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking (see below)

Important Our Town Information (both areas):

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

This point of contact is very familiar with NEA  priorities/processes and can give helpful advice to increase the competitiveness of your proposal.

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

Additionally, information on Office of Research points of contact related to contracts, proposal submission, compliance, tech transfer, IRB, and IACUC is available at 

Support from UCF Librarians

Get Help With:

  • Citation Management
  • Data Management Plans
  • Publishing & Author Rights
  • STARS - Data Hosting
  • Literature Review (select by subject from the list below):

    General Proposal Support from Research Development Team

    Now that you have found the perfect funding opportunity, let us help you build the perfect proposal. The OR Research Development team can help with planning, preparation assistance, draft review feedback, informational resources, and more! Visit our website for next steps information.

    Large Proposal Support from Research Development Team

    A unique approach to supporting large, complex proposal submissions.

    Find Potential Collaborators

    Find potential collaborators with the PIVOT Database Run a search  or View tutorials

    Find scholarship by NEA Awardees with the Web of Knowledge 
    View tutorial or Search now

    See awardees using the NEA Award Database - Search all NEA Awards

    The OR Research Development Team would be happy to help search for potential collaborators at UCF.  Visit our website for more information.