Funds available for programming will be divided, as required by the Recovery Act, in a manner similar to current NEA practice:
• 60 percent for grants awarded directly by the NEA, on a competitive basis, to non-profit arts and related organizations.
• 40 percent to State arts agencies and regional arts organizations for subgranting through competitive and qualitative review.
For the 60 percent (approximately $30 million) available for competitive grants:
The Arts Endowment will competitively award one-time, non-matching grants of $25,000 or $50,000 to nonprofit arts and related organizations. It will also award one-time, non-matching grants of $100,000 or $250,000 to designated governmental local arts agencies, eligible to subgrant, for their subgranting programs. In order to be eligible, an organization must have received an NEA grant within the previous four years. Eligible projects are limited to the following:
• Salary support (including fringe benefits), full or partial, for one or more positions that are critical to an organization’s artistic mission and that are in jeopardy or have been eliminated as a result of the current economic climate.
• Fees for previously engaged artists and/or other contractual personnel to maintain or expand the period during which such persons would be engaged.
Applicant organizations may seek support for a single position, multiple positions, a single contractor, multiple contractual personnel, or any combination thereof. For organizations eligible to subgrant, a portion of the funds may also be used to cover the costs of implementing the subgranting program.
For the 40 percent (approximately $20 million) available for State arts agencies (SAAs) and regional arts organizations (RAOs):
The Arts Endowment will award one-time, non-matching grants ranging from $25,000 to approximately $500,000 to the 56 State and jurisdictional arts agencies. In addition, the Agency will award one-time, non-matching grants ranging from approximately $385,000 to $590,000 to the six regional arts organizations of the State arts agencies. Grant amounts were determined using current Partnership award processes that factor in both equal shares (as called for in the NEA's authorizing legislation) and population.
Funds to the SAAs and RAOs must be used for subgranting to eligible nonprofit organizations in their State or region. These special, one-time, non-matching subgrants must be used for salary support or fees for artists or other contractual personnel consistent with the requirements detailed in the bullets for the 60 percent for competitive grants above. SAAs and RAOs may use up to $50,000 of the NEA grant funds for their own positions and/or for the administration of the subgranting program.