Grants for Arts Projects (formerly Art Works)


Grants for Arts Projects is the National Endowment for the Arts’s principal grants program and supports a wide variety of artistic and cultural projects. Through this program, the Arts Endowment explicitly supports public engagement with and access to art, and “the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life.”

The Endowment expresses a preference for projects that celebrate America’s cultural heritage, projects sponsored by ethnic and cultural groups such as Native American tribes and historically black colleges and universities, and projects that foster dialogue and mutual respect.


501(c)(3) nonprofits, units of state or local government, or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes. Applicants must have completed a three-year history of arts programming prior to the application deadline.

Role In Creative Placemaking

These grants support projects in a wide range of disciplines, including visual arts, performing arts, multidisciplinary projects and those that support the development of artist communities. Awards could be used to integrate a creative component into a broader community project.


At least 1:1


Little Tokyo Service Center Artist Residency – Los Angeles, CA

DownCity Design – Providence, RI

Role in Creative Placemaking

This section represents our attempt to capture how this specific funding opportunity might fit into a placemaking initiative.


Who can apply? Eligibility is often limited, but in partnership with other entities you may identify an access point, such as subgrant opportunities. This information can help you determine which potential partners in your community might be able to access the funds.

Previous Projects/Grantees

These examples show how these funds have been used for creative or placemaking endeavors in the past, the types of organizations that have successfully accessed the funds and/or the types of activities for which the funds can be used.

Max Award

Maximum funding amounts can vary from year to year. We have provided the most recent information available. Where available, we also include a median or a range in cases in which the maximum is not typical of an average award.

Match Requirement

Most federal programs require some form of cost sharing. This is expressed differently for different agencies and programs. Sometimes a direct 1:1 match is specified. Other times, the application will state the maximum percentage of a project cost that the funding award can cover. We include this information, where available, in order to give you a sense of what to expect when applying for a particular funding program.


Most federal funding programs will require financial and progress reports at least annually, along with a final report. We consider this to be a "moderate" compliance burden. Where a higher degree of data collection and reporting is indicated, we convey that information with a "substantial" rating.