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January 13th, 2011
National Endowment for the Arts Releases 2011 Grant Guidelines – Theater, Visual Arts, Other Categories Are Open for Applications

Washington, D.C.– The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today released updated grant guidelines for 2011. Information on how to apply for a variety of funding programs is available at

The Grants for Arts Projects program includes two funding categories: Art Works and Challenge America Fast-Track. The application deadlines for the two round of Art Worksare March 10 and August 11. The Challenge America Fast-Trackdeadline is May 26.

Challenge America Fast-Track grants:

  • Extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.
  • Are limited to specific types of projects outlined in the announcement.
  • Are for $10,000 each.
  • Receive an expedited application review. Organizations are notified whether they have been recommended for a grant approximately six months after they apply; projects may start shortly thereafter.

Our Town grants are designed specifically to support projects that enhance the livability of a community and emphasize artistic contributions to community life. The first step in the Our Town application process is a statement of interest due on March 1.More specific information about the application process for Our Town is available at

“NEA grants are a fantastic cultural and economic resource all over Southern Arizona, and I encourage any organization considering an application to pursue it without delay,” Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva said of the new grants. “The NEA has brought plays, sculptures, murals, cultural presentations and many other wonderful contributions and events to our communities, and many more will come in the future. I appreciate the NEA’s immense contribution to our quality of life, and I look forward to a successful year of grants and awards enriching our community experiences.”

For more information about Challenge America Fast-Track, call (202) 682-5700 or write to For more information about other NEA grants, call (800) 518-4726 or write to

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