#FundingFriday: New Opportunities from the National Endowment for the Arts

This week’s edition of #FundingFriday highlights new funding opportunity announcements published by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). For a full list of open NEA opportunities, click here.

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NEA Performing Arts Discovery, FY2019

National Endowment for the Arts
Closing Date: January 15, 2019

Through grants with other funders, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has a long history of bringing the benefits of international exchange to audiences, artists, and arts organizations nationwide. For many years, however, there have been limited opportunities for foreign arts presenters to come to the U.S. and see artists at events in geographically diverse areas of our country. Programs such as these are important because they create new markets for working artists, expand mutual understanding, and raise the profile of each participating U.S. region and country. To address this ongoing gap, the NEA’s Performing Arts Discovery program supports U.S. Regional Arts Organizations (RAOs) to undertake performing arts platforms in their region that will showcase the work of U.S. performing artists for presenters1 based outside of this country.



NEA Shakespeare in American Communities, FY2019

National Endowment for the Arts
Closing Date: January 15, 2019

A program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Shakespeare in American Communities (SIAC) brings professional performances of Shakespeare’s plays and related educational activities to middle and high school students in communities across the United States. For many students, these performances may be their first experience with live, professional theater—as well as their first interaction with the works of Shakespeare. Since SIAC’s inception in 2003, approximately 2.5 million students have participated in the program. The NEA seeks to award a grant to a U.S. Regional Arts Organization (RAO) to administer the SIAC program for the 2020-2021 school year. NEA funds will support program management expenses as well as subgrants to participating theater companies.



NEA USArtists International, FY2019

National Endowment for the Arts
Closing Date: January 15, 2019

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has a long history of supporting the participation of artists from the U.S. at international festivals abroad. Since 2004, this commitment has been carried out through USArtists International (USAI), a NEA program undertaken in partnership with a U.S. Regional Arts Organization (RAO). USAI supports performances by U.S. artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces outside of the U.S. and its jurisdictions. The program aims to extend the reach and impact of performing artists and their accomplishments globally. USAI subgrants may support costs such as artist fees, travel, housing, per diem, shipping, and visa preparation. Award support for initiatives and programs such as USAI are competed by the NEA on a regular basis. Through this Program Solicitation, the NEA is seeking to enter into a Cooperative Agreement with a RAO to administer the 2020-2021 cycle of the USAI program.



NEA Performing Arts Global Exchange, FY2019

National Endowment for the Arts
Closing Date: Jan 15, 2019 

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) aims to increase access to quality international arts programming throughout the U.S and to promote a greater understanding of other cultures through the arts. Through the Performing Arts Global Exchange (PAGE) program, a Cooperator will award subgrants to nonprofit presenting organizations that book artists from an NEA-approved roster of international performing artists or ensembles for performances in the U.S. An emphasis will be placed on funding engagements in underserved communities that have limited access to this type of artistic work. All funded engagements will be required to include public performances and activities that provide audiences with direct interaction with the visiting artists.



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