The majority of federal arts grants for organizations come from the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The following are some examples of types of programs that may support arts and education projects:
- Art Works Program: This program is intended to deepen and extend the value of the arts, including the capacity to foster new connections and exemplify creativity and innovation. Of particular interest are projects that are likely to prove transformative with the potential for meaningful change, whether in the development or enhancement of new or existing art forms, new approaches to the creation or presentation of art, or new ways of engaging the public with art; are distinctive, offering fresh insights and new value for their fields and/or the public through unconventional solutions; have the potential to be shared and/or emulated, or are likely to lead to other advances in the field.
- NEA Challenge America: This program supports the extension of arts opportunities to underserved populations, including those that have limited access to the arts because of geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Funds may be provided for professional arts programming, and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.
- Our Town: This program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work - placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place.