NEA accepting grant applications

PARKERSBURG – The National Endowment for the Arts is accepting applications for funding to support small and mid-sized community based arts programs.

NEA Grants for Arts Projects funding is available in two categories: Art Works and Challenge America Fast-Track.

“Our state’s music and visual arts inspire our people, as they inspired and lifted up past generations of West Virginians, to do great things and overcome tremendous obstacles,” said U.S. Rep. Nick Joe Rahall, D-W.Va., a member of the Congressional Arts Caucus. “These Federal grants are an excellent opportunity to engage and develop new talent and share our State’s culture and history with the world.”

Art Works grants range from $10,000 to $100,000 and cover a broad range of projects, including commissions, residencies, rehearsals, workshops, performances, exhibitions, publications, festivals, training programs and literature fellowships.

Depending on the type of project in the application, the Art Works deadline is either Feb. 20 or July 24.

Challenge America Fast-Track program supports projects from primarily small and mid-sized arts organizations that extend the reach of the arts to underserved audiences. All fast-track grants are $10,000 with the deadline for applications May 8.

Eligible organizations can find application guidelines on the FY 2015 Grants for Arts Projects at