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, learn more from the National Endowment for the Arts team, Art of the Rural, and First Peoples Fund on these two programs. Learn how to register your organization to be eligible for federal funding, gain access to other resources, and participate in a Q&A session. This webinar is designed to assist rural and Indian Country organizations in the registration and application process.


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Guidelines, application materials, and applicant resources 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.