Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

NEA Learning in the Arts, Access to Artistic Excellence, and Challenge America Grants

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

202 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

573 882-9500 phone
573 884-8371 fax

Limited Submission Announcement

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is committed to providing leadership in arts education. Today, the Endowment's focus is on identifying and supporting model programs and projects that provide in-depth knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts to children and youth in schools and communities. Grants are available in three categories:

  1. Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth
  2. Access to Artistic Excellence
  3. Challenge America "Reaching Every Community" Fast-Track Review Grants

Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth

Application Deadline: June 10, 2010
To advance arts education for children and youth in school-based or community-based settings, this category supports in-depth, curriculum-based arts education experiences that occur over an extended period. Projects must provide participatory learning and engage students with skilled artists, teachers, and excellent art. All projects must include the following components: 1) the opportunity for students and their teachers to experience exemplary works of art, in live form wherever possible; 2) study of the art experienced including the acquisition of skills for practicing the art form where appropriate; 3) the performance/making of art within the discipline(s) studied; and 4) assessment of student learning according to national or state arts education standards.

Access to Artistic Excellence

Application Deadlines: March 11 and August 12, 2010
To encourage and support artistic excellence, preserve our cultural heritage, and provide access to the arts for all Americans, this category supports projects that provide short-term arts exposure or arts appreciation for children and youth as well as intergenerational education projects.

Challenge America: Reaching Every Community Fast-Track Review Grants

Application Deadline: May 27, 2010
For support of projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations, grants in this category, primarily to small and mid-sized organizations, are for $10,000. Funding is not available for curriculum-based instruction in the arts.

Because MU may submit only one application through one of these programs, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 5, 2010. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages and should include 1) the program to which you wish to apply*, 2) a summary of the program or project, 3) an explanation of how the project meets the goals of the target NEA program, and 4) plans for assessing the project.

*Letters of intent for Access to Artistic Excellence or Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth should indicate whether the unit is qualified to apply as an independent component of the university. If so, provide an explanation. (For the definition of an independent component please see


$5,000 to $150,000 for Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth grants
$5,000 to $150,000 for Access to Artistic Excellence grants
$10,000 for Challenge America Fast-Track Review grants

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, February 5, 2010

Sponsor Deadlines:

Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth: June 10, 2010
Access to Artistic Excellence: March 11 and August 12, 2010
Challenge America Fast-Track Review Grants: May 27, 2010


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