NEA Announces First Round of FY12 Art Works and Challenge America Grants

by Laurie Baskin

in Advocacy

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The NEA has announced the first round of funding for FY12 totaling $22.543 million to support 863 grants to organizations and individual writers across the country. This round of funding is provided through two grant programs: Art Works and Creative Writing Fellowships.

Art Works grants support the creation and presentation of work in the disciplines of: artist communities, arts education, dance, design, folk & traditional, literature, local arts agencies, media arts, museums, music, musical theater, opera, presenting and multidisciplinary, theater, and visual arts. Many of the projects involve engaging the public through works of art and furthering lifelong learning in schools and communities. The number of Art Works grants awarded was 823, out of 1,686 eligible applications, with the total amount awarded set at $21.543 million.

In addition, the NEA has just announced that 162 Challenge America grants totaling $1,620,000 will be awarded to organizations in 46 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The agency’s Challenge America Fast-Track (CAFT) program supports projects from primarily small and mid-sized arts organizations that extend the reach of the arts to underserved audiences—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.  Challenge America Fast-Track grants are all $10,000 and receive expedited application review.

Download this PDF to see the full listing of the Art Works and Challenge America grants received by TCG member theatres, including a more detailed description of these grant programs. Visit the NEA website to see the complete listing of projects receiving Art Works and Challenge America grant support in this round of fiscal year 2012 funding.


Laurie Baskin is TCG’s  Director of Government and Education Programs.