Account Login
The Applicant Portal will be available to:
  • NEA Our Town applicants beginning on August 10, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time to August 17, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • American Rescue Plan (ARP) Grants to Organizations A-L applicants beginning on August 19, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time to August 25, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • American Rescue Plan (ARP) Grants to Organizations M-Z applicants beginning on August 27, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time to September 2, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • International Indemnity applicants beginning on September 15, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time to September 17, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • Update for those affected by weather-related issues such as Hurricane Ida and wildfires: The ARP Grants to Organizations (Group M-Z) Part 2 application deadline will be extended until November 4, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. You must contact us to request an extension.
  • As we follow the news about Hurricane Ida, we are thinking of our colleagues in the affected areas and hoping everyone is safe.
  • We will extend the application deadline for those organizations that applied to the American Rescue Plan Grants to Organizations program (Group M-Z) at the August 12, 2021 deadline, but are experiencing weather-related difficulties completing Part 2 of the application process due to the storm.
  • The Applicant Portal will close for all applicants on September 2, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time; however, we will automatically reopen the system on September 3rd at 9 a.m., Eastern Time for applicants in the affected areas. The new Part 2 application deadline for these organizations will be September 19, 2021 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time.
  • If you have questions or concerns, contact us at weatheremergency@arts.gov or 202-682-5046. Please be sure to include your name, the legal name of your organization, and your contact information.
  • We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary. Any updates will be posted on our website and emailed to applicants.
  • Again, we are thinking of everyone who has been impacted by this severe weather.
  • Update for those affected by wildfires in California and Nevada: The ARP Grants to Organizations (Group M-Z) Part 2 application deadline has been automatically extended until September 19, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
Login Help
To access your Applicant Portal username and password:
  • User Name = Grants.gov Tracking Number (Example: "GRANT12345678")
    • Your Grants.gov tracking number is assigned to you by Grants.gov when you submit Part 1 of your application.
    • A confirmation screen will appear in Grants.gov once your submission is complete.
    • Your Grants.gov tracking number will be provided at the bottom of this screen.
  • Password = Agency Tracking Number/NEA Application Number (Example: “3479012”) Note: This will be a different number than your Grants.gov Tracking Number, which starts with the word GRANT.
    • Log on to Grants.gov with your Grants.gov Username and Password.
    • Under Grant Applications, select Check Application Status.
    • Once in the Check Application Status feature, look for your Grants.gov Tracking Number and select Details under the Actions column.
    • You’ll be taken to the Submission Details screen to find your Agency Tracking#/NEA Application Number.
    • NOTE: Check Application Status is a separate feature from Track My Application at Grants.gov.
Technical Notes
  • Refer to the instructions for preparing and submitting application materials and work samples that are located on the Arts Endowment's website. NOTE: Instructions vary between funding categories and artistic disciplines. Contact us if you have questions.
  • The User Name and Password can only be used by one person at a time in the Applicant Portal. If multiple people use the User Name and Password at the same time to work on an application, data will be lost.
  • The Applicant Portal is best viewed in the following browsers: Chrome 58+, Firefox 54+, Microsoft Edge 44+. Only open the Applicant Portal in one browser at a time to enter information. Cookies and JavaScript may need to be enabled for you to successfully view the site. You might also need to disable AdBlocker and/or similar software.
  • Most problems can be solved by changing your browser.
  • Be sure to first copy and paste any text into Notepad (if you're using a PC) or TextEdit (if you’re using a Mac) before copying it into the Applicant Portal. This will strip away any HTML Coding that may add unwanted additional characters to text (however, any formatting you had will be deleted). These additional characters can be added due to some special characters such as ampersands, quotation marks, apostrophes, and angle brackets.
  • To prevent the loss of data (this is rare):
    • Make sure you have your information stored in a document outside of the Grant Application Form, and
    • Refresh your web browser each time after saving and check to make sure that your data saved.
  • Hit "Save" and log off if you plan to leave the Applicant Portal with work in progress. Your session will deactivate after a period of time and you could lose content.
  • You must click "Save" and then "Submit" to submit your application If you do not hit the "Submit" button, your application will not be received. The "Submit" button is only visible when you are on the last tab of your application.
  • Ensure that your application was received by logging in to the Applicant Portal. On the first screen it will say "Submitted" if your application has been received. If your application has not yet been received, it will say "In Progress." Maintain documentation of your successful submission by taking a screenshot. You also may receive a courtesy confirmation email.
  • After submitting your application, you may log back into the Applicant Portal and make changes to your submission up until the system closes at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on the day of the deadline. You must click "Save" and "Submit" when you are finished. You also may receive a courtesy confirmation email after you resubmit.
  • You may print a copy of your application at any time, whether in draft or final form, for your records.
  • View the Grant Application Form Tutorial to assist you in completing the online form.
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