Promotion of the Arts Partnership Agreements

To develop and maintain partnerships with the state and jurisdictional arts agencies (SAAs) and their regional arts organizations (RAOs) to advance the mission of the National Endowment for the Arts.




Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: Partnership Agreements with the SAAs and RAOs enable the support of a variety of arts activities in communities across the nation.

Grant listings are posted online once grants are obligated.

Fiscal Year 2019: No Current Data Available


Agency - National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts; bringing the arts to all Americans and providing leadership in arts education. The Endowment is the largest national source of funds for the arts.

Website Address

http://www.arts.gov




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Arts Council, California $ 1,927,700   2019-07-012024-06-30
New England Foundation For The Arts, Incorporated $ 2,199,208   2020-07-012023-12-31
Western States Arts Federation $ 3,670,089   2020-09-012023-12-31
Oregon Business Development Department $ 1,579,000   2020-07-012023-12-31
Western States Arts Federation $ 2,757,400   2019-09-012023-12-31
Arts, New York State Council On The $ 879,330   2021-07-012023-09-30
Western States Arts Federation $ 2,175,193   2021-07-012023-08-30
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (inc) $ 1,736,800   2021-07-012023-06-30
South Arts, Inc. $ 1,677,600   2021-07-012023-06-30
Arts Council, California $ 1,305,900   2021-07-012023-06-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: The National Endowment for the Arts anticipates making 63 Partnership awards to enable SAAs and RAOs to support a variety of arts projects nationwide. Fiscal Year 2018: The National Endowment for the Arts anticipates making 63 Partnership awards to enable SAAs and RAOs to support a variety of arts projects nationwide. Fiscal Year 2019: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Partnership Agreements support elements of a state or regional plan addressing state or regional priorities that: 1) enhance opportunities for the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence; 2) foster public engagement with excellent art; 3) provide Americans of all ages with arts learning opportunities; 4) incorporate the arts and design into strategies to improve the livability of communities; and 5) increase public knowledge and understanding of the various ways the arts contribute to positive outcomes for individuals and communities.

Limited Partnership funds also are available for national services provided by membership organizations of SAAs and RAOs.

Partnership Agreement funds must be used to supplement and not to supplant non-Federal funds.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Agencies that are officially designated as the state arts agency by the state government in each of the 50 States and six special U.S.

jurisdictions, and that meet the National Endowment for the Arts' eligibility requirements for SAAs as outlined in the Partnership Agreements guidelines on our website; regional arts organizations that represent state arts agencies and that meet the National Endowment for the Arts' eligibility requirements for RAOs as outlined in the Partnership Agreements guidelines on our website; and organizations providing support services to state and regional arts agencies at a national level.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The official arts agencies of the 50 states and six U.S. jurisdictions, regional arts organizations, and organizations providing support services to SAAs and RAOs at the national level. Through activities and services supported, beneficiaries include the general public, local arts agencies, nonprofit organizations, and artists.

Credentials/Documentation

The State Partnership Agreement requires that the agency be legally designated as the official state arts agency and that it meet all National Endowment for the Arts eligibility requirements. The Regional Partnership Agreement stipulates that the regional organization must be authorized by three or more state arts agencies to apply for funds on their behalf and that it meet all National Endowment for the Arts eligibility requirements. An SAA can belong to only one RAO. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Applicants should consult the Partnership Agreements guidelines (available at www.arts.gov).

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must obtain current Partnership Agreements guidelines at www.arts.gov and adhere to instructions. Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov.

Award Procedures

Applications receive three independent levels of review. First, they are reviewed by an independent, national panel of individuals with expertise in the arts and the state and regional arts agency field. Panel recommendations are forwarded to the National Council on the Arts, which then makes recommendations to the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Chairman reviews the Council's recommendations and makes the final decision on all grant awards. Partnership Agreements receive panel review on a three-year cycle -- one-third of the SAAs and RAOs are reviewed each year -- with funding subject to annual recommendation and approval by the Council and the Chairman.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, Public Law 089-209, 20 U.S.C 951 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The Partnership Agreements deadline is in late September. Applications are generally reviewed by the National Council on the Arts and approved by the National Endowment for the Arts Chairman in late March. See our website at www.arts.gov for specific dates.

Appeals

Information on requests for reconsideration may be obtained from the headquarters office.

Renewals

The National Endowment for the Arts uses staggered, multi-year review for Partnership Agreements. Funding is subject to annual review and approval.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title The National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, Part 20 USC 954, Subpart (g), Public Law 089-209. Matching Requirements: Partnership Agreement awards must have at least a 1:1 cost share/match with non-federal funds. The 1:1 cost share/match must come from state government funds that are directly controlled and appropriated by the state and directly managed by the state agency. For those agencies covered by the Economic Development of the Territories Act (American Samoa, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the Virgin Islands), the matching requirement does not apply to the first $200,000 of National Endowment for the Arts funds (48 USC 1469a(d) as amended). Agencies must request a waiver from the matching requirement for amounts above the first $200,000 of our funds. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Each award is for the full fiscal year or as designated. Partnership Agreement awards support activities scheduled to begin on or after July 1 of the year following the application deadline. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Generally, requests for payment to cover immediate allowable project expenses may be received at any time during the grant period.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

For Partnership Agreements, a Final Descriptive Report is due no later than 90 days following the end date of the period of performance.

No cash reports are required.

Progress reports are required for all grants and must be submitted at the time the cumulative amount of grant funds requested exceeds two-thirds of the grant amount.

Final Federal Financial Reports are due no later than 90 days following the end date of the period of performance.

Performance monitoring may be required for certain awards.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Grant-related records are to be retained by grantees for three years following submission of the Final Federal Financial Report.

Financial Information

Account Identification

59-0100-0-1-503.

Obigations

(Project Grants (with Formula Distribution)) FY 17 Not Available; FY 18 est $50,629,500; and FY 19 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 2017 Partnership Agreements for SAAs range from $294,000 to $1,142,700, averaging approximately $750,000. The range of RAO awards is $1,192,000 to $1,785,000, averaging approximately $1,520,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The Partnership Agreements guidelines are available on the National Endowment for the Arts' website at www.arts.gov.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Andi Mathis National Endowment for the Arts, 400 7th Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20506 Phone: 202-682-5430

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

For Partnership Agreements: Quality of the planning process; quality of the plan; and quality of accomplishments and implementation in relation to the plan. For additional criteria, consult the Partnership Agreements guidelines at www.arts.gov.



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