The National Endowment for the Arts has announced spring and summer deadlines for funding opportunities for arts organizations can be found here. An organization may submit only one application through one of the following FY 2011 Grants for Arts Projects categories (see http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/GAP10/Eligibility.html#limits under "Application Limits" for the few exceptions to this rule). For most organizations, these categories represent the full range of funding options for the entire year.
Applicants should examine the goal and purposes of their project as well as the review criteria of these three categories, and apply to the one category that is most relevant. The Arts Endowment will not transfer applications between categories.
- Access to Artistic Excellence: To encourage and support artistic excellence, preserve our cultural heritage, and provide access to the arts for all Americans. An organization may request a grant amount from $5,000 to $150,000. (Deadlines: March 11 and August 12, 2010). More information at http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/Presenting.html This link takes you to the "presenting" category - applicants need to apply through their particular discipline, ie, visual arts, music, literature.
- Challenge America Fast-Track: To support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Grants are for $10,000. (Deadline: May 27, 2010). More information at http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/GAP11/Challenge.html
- Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth: To advance arts education for children and youth in school-based or community-based settings. An organization may request a grant amount from $5,000 to $150,000. (Deadline: June 10, 2010) More at http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/Artsed.html
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