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Federal Grants for Artists

    Arts in Education Grant

    • Teachers can secure funding for arts-oriented projects.woman and a teacher at seminar image by Dmitry Goygel-Sokol from

      The objective of the Arts in Education Grant is to better integrate the arts into elementary and secondary schools across the nation. More specifically, this grant is focused on improving the academic achievement of low-income students. Grants are awarded in amounts ranging from $100,000 to $350,000. Among those who qualify are state educational agencies, local educational agencies, institutions of higher education, museums and other cultural institutions as well as any other public or private agencies, institutions or organizations. From there the funds are then distributed to arts educators and administrators as well as to preservice and inservice programs for teachers.

    Humanities Fellowships and Stipends

    • Scholars can fund their academic research with fellowships and stipends.senior man with book image by Valentin Mosichev from

      Humanities fellowships and stipends are intended to allow scholars to fully commit themselves to independent research and writing in the humanities and are administered by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grants are typically awarded for 6- to 12-month periods and include 2 months of summer study. Faculty research awards are allocated to benefit the research and teaching at historically black or tribal colleges or institutions with high Hispanic populations. Teaching development fellowships go to improve teaching at undergraduate institutions through 3- to 5-month research fellowships. For fellowships, faculty research awards and teaching development fellowships, grants are allocated for 3 to 12 months and total $4,200 per month. Summer stipends last 8 weeks and are budgeted for $6,000 per individual.

    National Endowment for the Arts

    • Congress created the NEA in 1965.capitol image by Andrew Breeden from

      Perhaps the best known federal grants are those sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA is a public agency whose mission is to promote excellence in the arts across the United States while providing leadership in art education. Congress created the NEA in 1965, and to date, it ranks as the nation's largest annual funder of the arts.

      Specific NEA grants are devoted to artist communities, arts education, dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literature, theater, local arts agencies, media arts, museums, music, musical theater and opera as well as to state and regional arts organizations. The majority of NEA grants are only available to organizations, however. Direct grants are awarded to individuals only through Literature Fellowships, NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships, NEA Opera Honors and NEA National Heritage Fellowships in the Folk and Traditional Arts.

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