In March, Congress approved $135 million in new funding for the National Endowment for the Arts to help arts organizations hard hit by the pandemic through a program called the American Rescue Plan.

Guidelines for applying are now available. The NEA is encouraging first time applicants to apply, as well as those who “serve populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by ethnicity, economics, geography, or disability; and with small and medium-sized budgets and from rural to urban parts of the country.”

Grants for arts and culture organizations range between $50,000 and $150,000. Nonprofit art agencies or branches of local government may receive grants of between $150,000 and $500,000.

The deadlines vary between July 22 and September 30, depending on the type of grant.