Vincent Schilling
Indian Country Today

The National Endowment for the Arts announced two programs created to assist nonprofit arts and culture organizations and local art agencies in securing funding allocated from the American Rescue Plan.

The agency received $135 million dollars in funding from the American Rescue Plan, and according to the NEA webpage on eligibility, eligible applicants must be “Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes.”

The agency is encouraging applications from first-time applicants and is offering workshops, Q&A’s and other resources to assist applicants unfamiliar with seeking federal funding.

“The National Endowment for the Arts’ American Rescue Plan grants are not only an important opportunity for organizations to apply for crucial operating support to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s also a chance for the agency to open its doors more widely to those who may not have sought out support from us in the past,” said Ra Joy, chief of staff at the National Endowment for the Arts.

“The NEA has been working in recent years to deepen its relationships in Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities and we hope that eligible organizations will explore the resources we have to offer whether it’s for American Rescue Plan support or a future arts project.”

Opportunities for Native arts and culture

NEA grants for Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities cover an extensive range of traditional and contemporary arts projects and activities.

The NEA has unveiled a flagship program titled “Grants for Arts Projects” which supports the use of arts “to unite and heal in response to current events; celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage; invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values; and enrich humanity.”

Further outreach

In addition to offering grants through the American Rescue Plan, the NEA will be hosting an open nation-to-nation consultation to discuss the Memorandum on Tribal Consultation and Strengthening Nation-to-Nation Relationships issued in a White House proclamation on January 26, 2021.

(See related: Joe Biden: ‘Tribal sovereignty will be a cornerstone’)

According to the federal agency, the purpose of the meeting “is to update tribal leaders on agency’s engagement with Native cultural leaders, to inform our Nation-to-Nation consultation plan, and to inform our work related to the Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government.”

The online NEA consultation will take place on Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Details here.

According to the NEA project page:

Applicants may request cost share/matching grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. Designated local arts agencies eligible to subgrant may request from $10,000 to $150,000 for subgranting programs in the Local Arts Agencies discipline. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required.

"Grant Application Form" tutorial

For further information on eligibility visit American Rescue Plan Grants to Organizations: Eligibility.

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