Webinar: American Rescue Plan Funding for Arts Organizations in Rural America and Indian Country


The National Endowment for the Arts is offering two programs to distribute American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to arts organizations across the country. Through the ARP Grant Program: Rebuilding the Creative Community, funds will help preserve jobs and support art organizations in communities of all sizes by covering general operating costs. These two opportunities are open to nonprofit arts and culture organizations, local governments, federally recognized tribal communities or tribes, and local arts agencies, regardless of whether they have received past NEA funding, significantly expanding access to federal funds for the arts and culture sector. The Arts Endowment is actively seeking first-time applicants that work in rural America and Indian Country, and this workshop will provide content for first-timers as well as previous NEA applicants.

In the video below, view a presentation and Q&A from the National Endowment for the Arts team about the two grant programs, hear from Art of the Rural and First Peoples Fund about the importance of investing in cultural work in rural America and Indian Country, and enjoy a welcome from Congresswoman Sharice Davids, a reading by Autumn White Eyes, and information about a new opportunity from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Viewers will learn how to register your organization to be eligible for federal funding, and gain access to other resources. This webinar is designed to assist rural and Indian Country organizations in the registration and application process.


View the chat from the webinar: NEAwebinar7.8.21.

View a pdf of the NEA’s powerpoint presentation on the American Rescue Plan funding opportunities: ARP webinar slides_AOTR-FPF.

Guidelines, application materials, and applicant resources for the NEA grant opportunities are available at arts.gov/grants.

Before applying for federal funding, organizations need to obtain a DUNS number and register with SAM.gov and grants.gov. Registration on SAM.gov and grants.gov can take several weeks, so you should begin the process as soon as possible. The Arts Endowment has put together some instructions and links to help you with this process.

National Coalition forms to host Rural Generation Summit in Mississippi, May 22-24

Over the past four years, Next Generation: The Future of Arts and Culture Placemaking in Rural America has connected rural leaders to articulate the merit of our field, develop research that demonstrates our impacts, and align the policy community towards meaningful collaboration on community development initiatives. In recognition of significant shifts in public dialogue about rural America and rural Indian Country, this initiative has evolved to become RURAL GENERATION, a new national coalition of core partnerships including Art of the Rural, ArtPlace America, the Center for Rural Strategies & National Rural Assembly, First Peoples Fund, the Mississippi Center for Cultural Production, the National Consortium of Creative Placemaking, the Rural Policy Research Institute, and Springboard for the Arts. The initiative is supported by a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant and ArtPlace.

The 2019 Rural Generation Summit is designed as a unique blend of immersive local engagement with our Delta host partners, regional development impact for the host communities, and a distinct rural thought leadership applied to expressing the rural dimensions of equity and social justice in the arts and culture landscape. To achieve this trifecta for the rural field, we are aligning research, practice, and policy towards the cohesion and innovation of the rural creative field.

The Summit presents a historic opportunity to share the practices, projects, institutions, and funding priorities that build equity for communities that have been historically disadvantaged with local folks, national practitioners, and state and federal policy makers. Beyond this work in 2019, we are committed with our partners to build a cross-sector, rural-focused collective impact intermediary to leverage our social, cultural and natural resources to address sustainability, regional cohesion, and rural quality of life.

Registration will become available in 2019. For more information about Rural Generation and the 2019 Summit, please visit www.ruralgeneration.org, and follow along at #ruralgen. To sponsor the Rural Generation Summit, please contact info@ruralgeneration.org. 

The Summit is presented in collaboration with the Rural Generation Working Group and Executive Committee. 

Rural Generation Working Group

Alissa Benoist and Lakota Vogel (Four Bands Community Fund)

Pam Breaux (National Assembly of State Arts Agencies)

Anna Claussen (Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy)

Jackie Clay (Coleman Center for the Arts)

John Davis (Bush Fellow)

Maria De Leon (National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures)

Susan Duplessis (South Carolina Arts Commission)

John Fenn (American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress)

Ruby Lopez Harper (Americans for the Arts)

Carol Harsh (Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service)

Em Johnson (Blue Sky Center)

Teresa Kittridge (100 Rural Women)

Patrice Kunesh (Center for Indian Country Development)

Spencer Lucker (Delta Regional Authority)

Robert Martin (Clear Creek Creative)

Nikiko Masumoto (Masumoto Family Farms)

Jenna Moran (National Association of Counties)

Bob Reeder (Rural LISC)

Ashley Walden Davis and Mark W. Kidd (Alternate ROOTS)

Emily Wornell (Ball State University, RUPRI Center for State Policy)


Rural Generation Executive Committee

Michele Anderson and Carl Swanson (Springboard for the Arts)

Savannah Barrett and Matthew Fluharty (Art of the Rural)

Lyz Crane and Adam Erikson (ArtPlace America)

Chuck Fluharty (Rural Policy Research Institute)

Whitney Kimball Coe (Center for Rural Strategies)

Lori Pourier (First Peoples Fund)

Carlton Turner (Mississippi Center for Cultural Production)

Thomas Young (The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking)

Art of the Rural one of 60 National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Projects Selected Nationwide

Winona, MN– National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced 60 awards totaling $4.1 million supporting projects across the nation through the NEA’s Our Town program.  Art of the Rural is one of the recommended organizations for a grant of $50,000 to support Next Generation, a partnership between Art of the Rural, The Rural Policy Research Institute, and a host of national networks to involve artists, organizations, and communities in meaningful dialogue and learning exchange to self-define contemporary rural culture and advancing public and private sector decision making.

“The variety and quality of these Our Town projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Through the work of organizations such as Art of the Rural, which is headquartered in Winona, Minnesota with a field office in Kentucky, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.”

“We are grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts for their continued support and for their leadership in extending the knowledge and practice of creative placemaking across rural America,” said Matthew Fluharty, Executive Director of Art of the Rural. “We look forward to working with the Rural Policy Research Institute and our national, regional, and local partners to advance the impact of this work.”

Since 2015, Next Generation’s cross-sector networks have demonstrated reliable influence in rural policy and continue to be engaged in substantive exchange to promote innovative approaches to rural creative placemaking. In the coming year, Next Generation will host the second national Rural Creative Placemaking Summit, designed as a unique blend of immersive local engagement with our Delta host partners, regional development impact for the host communities, and a distinct rural thought leadership applied to expressing the rural dimensions of equity and social justice in the arts and culture landscape.

To learn more about Next Generation, visit www.ruralgeneration.org or follow the initiative on facebook. For a complete list of projects recommended for Our Town grant support, please visit the NEA web site at arts.gov. To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please tag the NEA @NEAarts and use the hashtag #NEASpring18.