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The National Endowment for the Arts continues to operate as usual and will do so until a new budget is enacted by Congress. The Arts Endowment continues to make grant awards and will continue to honor all obligated grant funds made to date. Additionally, the agency will continue to accept grant applications at our usual deadlines.