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Helpful Tips from the NEA Regarding Upcoming Grant Deadlines

NEA Art Works Grant Opportunity for Media Arts Organizations – Overview

Part 1 – Submit SF-424 to February 15, 2018
Part 2 – Submit Materials to Applicant Portal: February 20-27, 2018
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection: November 2018
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance: January 1, 2019

Eligible projects types include exhibition, presentation, distribution, and preservation activities:
· Film/video/audio/new-media festivals and associated public programming that include artists, critics, and/or scholars, and are open to the general public and demonstrate meaningful community engagement.
· Preservation, restoration, or archiving of media art works, and services that support preservation, restoration, or archiving efforts.
· Curated series, screenings, exhibitions, installations, and/or touring programs and associated programming featuring all genres of historic and contemporary art that uses electronic media, film and technology (old and new) as an artistic medium and demonstrate meaningful community engagement.
· Regional, national, or international distribution of electronic media, film, and technology as art.

Here is the link to more information about the NEA Art Works: Media Arts grant. There are two grant cycles – each have different eligible project activities for each deadline. Note, the July deadline is for creation, education, and resources for artistic and professional development. For many of you, this upcoming deadline might be the best fit for you.

Helpful tips:
· Eligible applicants must be a 501c3 organization – review list of organizational eligibility here.
· Though the SF-424 is due on February 15, it is strongly recommended to submit the SF-424 to (aka: Step 1 – more details here) by February 6, to allow time to resolve any problems you might encounter.
· The second step of the process is submitting your application to the applicant portal between 2/20-2/27/2018 (aka: Step 2 – more details here).
· We highly recommend downloading the Media Arts FY19 Application PDF in advance to start preparing your project narrative and additional materials/work samples in advance. The application PDF also has helpful hints and tips that may not be visible in the applicant portal.
· All eligible applications will be reviewed on the basis of the artistic excellence and artistic merit. Full descriptions of the review criteria are available here.
· For a general overview of the Art Works grant opportunity, here is a link to a recent webinar on the Art Works Guidelines for FY2019.
· Some of you may enjoy (or find it helpful) to look at previous grants awarded to film festivals or other projects in the media arts field. The link to the database is here.
· If you have any general questions during the application process, please contact Media Art Grant Specialists Sarah Burford ( or Sarah Metz (