Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

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 Arts 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
June 11, 2009, Application Deadline

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
March 12 and August 13, 2009, Application Deadlines

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
May 28, 2009, Application Deadline

For support, primarily to small and mid-sized organizations, of projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Grants 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, March 20, 2009. 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) how the project meets the goals of that particular NEA program, and 4) an assessment plan.


$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 for letter of intent::

4:00 p.m., Friday, March 20, 2009

Sponsor Deadline:

1. Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth: June 11, 2009
2. Access to Artistic Excellence: March 12 and August 13, 2009
3. Challenge America Fast-Track Review Grants: May 28, 2009

URL for more information:

This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in health and life science disciplines. Please forward it to other faculty members who may be interested.

All limited submission announcements can be tracked by deadline via the Calendar at or by announcement date via the Limited Submissions listing at