Monday, July 26, 2010


The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to providing assistance to artist communities for projects that encourage and nurture the development of individual artists and foster and inspire their creative processes. For the Arts Endowment's purposes, an artist community is defined as an organization, whether focused on a single discipline or multidisciplinary, whose primary mission is to provide artist residencies.
Support is available for artist communities that:
  • Provide space, time, and resources to artists for incubation, thought, or creativity in a retreat setting in an urban or rural location.
  • Foster and support the creative process of art making by providing studio facilities and assistance with living accommodations to enable artists to live and work concurrently.
  • Utilize a competitive application process to recruit and select participants, and rotate a wide range of artists in order to encourage the highest standards of creativity.

Funding Opportunities in Artist Communities

Grants for Arts Projects
CFDA No. 45.024
The National Endowment for the Arts' primary funding opportunities for organizations can be found here. An organization may submit only one application through the following FY 2011 Grants for Arts Projects category (see "Application Limits" for the few exceptions to this rule). For most organizations, this category represents the full range of funding options for the entire year.
  • Access to Artistic Excellence: To encourage and support artistic excellence, preserve our cultural heritage, and provide access to the arts for all Americans. An organization may request a grant amount from $5,000 to $150,000. The application is due on March 11, 2010. There is no August deadline for artist community projects.

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