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National endowment for the arts guidelines webinar folk traditional arts barry bergey director

National Endowment for the ArtsGuidelines Webinar Folk & Traditional Arts Barry Bergey - Director

Today s overview
Today’s Overview

  • Welcome

  • Applying to Art Works

  • Folk & Traditional Arts Overview

  • How to Apply

  • Q & A

The National Endowment for the Arts:

  • is a public agency dedicated to advancing artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities.

  • awards grants to arts organizations of all sizes across all 50 states and 6 U.S. territories.

Applying to art works
Applying to Art Works

Art Works: Its guiding principles is at the center of everything we do at the NEA, referring to:

  • The works of art themselves

  • The ways art works on audiences

  • Art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field

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Applying to Art Works

Art Works supports four outcomes:

  • Creation: The creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence.

  • Engagement: Public engagement with diverse and excellent art.

  • Learning: Lifelong learning in the arts.

  • Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts.

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Applying to Art Works

Innovation is strongly encouraged in the projects we support as a way to ensure the vitality of the arts

Innovative projects:

  • Are likely to prove transformative with the potential for meaningful change.

  • Are distinctive, offering fresh insights and new value for their fields and/or the public through unconventional solutions.

  • Have the potential to be shared and/or emulated, or are likely to lead to other advances in the field.

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Applying to Art Works

Art Works supports projects in many disciplines:

Artist Communities Museums

Arts Education Music

Dance Opera

Design Presenting & Multi-

Folk & Traditional Arts disciplinary Works

Literature Theater & Musical

Local Arts Agencies Theater

Media Arts Visual Arts

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Applying to Art Works

Who May Apply?

  • Arts organizations

  • Arts service organizations

  • Local arts agencies

  • Official units of state or local governments

  • School districts

  • Federally recognized tribal communities and tribes

  • Other non-profit organizations

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Applying to Art Works


  • Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status

  • Three-year history of programming

  • Meet reporting requirements on any

    previous NEA awards

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Applying to Art Works

Grant Amounts and Application Limits

  • Grant requests range from $10,000 to $100,000

  • One-to-one match for project budget

  • Organizations may submit only one application under the FY 2015 Grants for Arts Projects guidelines, with limited exceptions such as:

    • Parent (and Related) Organizations

    • Applicants to Media Arts (July deadline)

    • Applications to another category such as Our Town

    • See the guidelines for other information

      on application limits

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Applying to Art Works

Grant Review Process

Level 1: Panel

Level 2: National Council on the Arts

Level 3: NEA Chairman

Review Criteria: Artistic Excellence and Artistic Merit

Folk traditional arts overview
Folk & Traditional Arts Overview

The folk and traditional arts are rooted in and reflective of the cultural life of a community. Community members may share a common ethnic heritage, cultural mores, language, religion, occupation, or geographic region. These vital and constantly reinvigorated artistic traditions are shaped by values and standards of excellence that are passed from generation to generation, most often within family and community, through demonstration, conversation, and practice. Genres of artistic activity include, but are not limited to, music, dance, crafts, and oral expression.

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Folk & Traditional Arts Overview


February 20, 2014

Projects must have a start date after Jan. 1, 2015

  • Creation

  • Engagement

  • Livability

    July 24, 2014

    Projects must have a start date after June 1, 2015

  • Learning

  • Engagement

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Folk & Traditional Arts Overview


February 20, 2014

Projects must have a start date after Jan. 1, 2015


  • The creation of new work based on tradition


  • Public performances

  • Exhibitions

  • Festivals

  • Workshops and demonstrations

  • Touring

  • Media projects (such as film, video, radio, and the Internet)

  • Innovative uses of new models, technology, or new media to present and/or foster appreciation of folk and traditional arts

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Folk & Traditional Arts Overview

February 20th, 2014 (continued)

Projects must have a start date after Jan. 1, 2015


  • Folk and traditional arts festivals, performances, and other activities in public spaces that are intended to foster community interaction and/or enhance the unique characteristics of a community.

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Folk & Traditional Arts Overview


July 24, 2014

Projects must have a start date after June 1st, 2015.


  • Education and related activities for youth, adults, intergenerational groups, and schools.

  • Workshops, residencies, mentorships, and apprenticeship programs.


  • Public programs that raise awareness of cultural heritage

  • Identification and documentation of artists and artistic resources

  • Conservation of and public access to archival material

  • Conferences and gatherings of artists

  • Technical assistance and provision of cultural expertise to arts organizations.

  • Innovative uses of new models, technology, or new media to present and/or foster appreciation of folk and traditional arts

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Applying to Art Works

Find our guidelines

online at: in the

“Apply for a Grant”


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Website Redesign: How to Apply

Select “Grants to Organizations.”

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Website Redesign: How to Apply


“Art Works”

to learn more about the category.

Browse through “Key Information for Applicants” for other important information.

How to apply

How to Apply

After you read about the Art Works category, select DISCIPLINE to apply.

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How to Apply

Read about the project types supported at each deadline.

Then select “How to Prepare and Submit an Application” as well as the instructions to get started.

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How to Apply

From the “How To Apply” page, you can access a static version of the Grant Application Form

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How to Apply

This is a PDF version that will allow you to see the information collected on the Grant Application Form

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How to Apply

On each page there is a box with Arts Works Resources.

From here you can access helpful resources such as recent grants, an accessibility checklist, program evaluation resources, and sample application narratives

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How to Apply

Step 1 of 2: Submit through (February 20 or July 24 deadline):

  • SF-424 (Application for Federal Domestic Assistance)

    This is the only item you submit through If it is not successfully submitted by the deadline you will be unable to submit your other materials in NEA-GO.

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How to Apply


  • is an online, government-wide electronic application system through which all applicants must submit

  • Don’t wait until immediately before your deadline; submit no later than 10 days prior to the deadline

  • You are required to change your password every 90 days

  • Obtain a DUNS number and register with SAM (System for Award Management) in order to use—allow at least 2 weeks for registration or renewal

  • See for more details or call 1-800-518-4726

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How to Apply

Step 2 of 2: Submit through NEA-GO (March 6-20; or August 7-21):

  • NEA Grant Application Form (including answers to narrative questions, financial info, bios)

  • Items to Upload (Programmatic activities list, statements of support, special items, and work samples)

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How to Apply

NEA GrantsOnline™ System (NEA-GO)

  • You will submit work samples

    electronically using the NEA-GO

    system two weeks after submitting

    your application

  • Prepare your work samples well in

    advance of the application deadline

    and have them ready to upload once

    NEA-GO becomes available to you

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NEA GrantsOnline™ System (NEA-GO)

Accessing the system:

  • Go to “Track My Application” at

  • The notes box will have a link to NEA-GO and info about when the system will be open

  • User Name = Tracking Number

  • Password = NEA Application Number

    This info is available 2 days after you submit your SF-424 to (but no earlier than 10 days before the application deadline).

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How to Apply

Application Tips:

  • Start early

  • Read through the guidelines

  • Look at recent grants listed on the website

  • Feel free to contact NEA Folk & Traditional Arts staff if you have any questions

Sample applications
Sample Applications

Examples of previously submitted application narratives can be found in our FOIA Reading Room at

We Do Not Fund

  • General operating or seasonal support

  • Individuals

  • Individual schools

  • Facility construction, purchase, or renovation

  • Commercial, for-profit enterprises

  • Creation of new organizations

  • Academic degrees

  • Re-granting

  • Projects that replace arts instruction provided by a classroom teacher or an arts specialist


Will the project be accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with federal law and regulations?

  • All NEA -funded projects must be held in fully accessible venues, and any requests for accommodations must be honored. Access accommodations, such as sign interpretation and captioning, are allowable costs and should be included in your budget planning


Things to consider when planning your project:

  • Wheelchair accessible venues, including accessible restrooms

  • Sign interpretation of performances or workshops, upon request

  • Large-print, high contrast labeling of exhibitions

  • Accessible electronic versions of print material and publications, upon request

  • Open or closed captioning of broadcasts

    For more information please contact the NEA’s Office of Accessibility

    Accessibility Specialist: Katie Lyles Levy

    [email protected]


Reminder new this year
Reminder: New This Year

  • Deadlines have changed

  • Our website ( has a new look

  • Most application materials are now submitted online via NEA-GO; see the How to Apply instructions for details

  • No grants will be made less than $10,000

  • Letters of support are required

  • Program evaluation resources are available


Guidelines available online now at:

For more information contact:

William Mansfield

[email protected]