NEA Announces Recommended Grants for Arts Projects, Our Town, and State and Regional Partnerships

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), on May 18, announced more than $91 million in recommended grants for Arts Projects, Our Town, and State and Regional Partnerships, including 16 grants totaling $1.215 million to arts organizations and projects in Virginia, as well as the Virginia Commission for the Arts' Partnership Agreement. 

The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts and cultural organizations throughout the nation with these grants, providing opportunities for all of us to live artful lives,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “The arts contribute to our individual well-being, the well-being of our communities, and to our local economies. The arts are also crucial to helping us make sense of our circumstances from different perspectives as we emerge from the pandemic and plan for a shared new normal informed by our examined experience.

"We, at the VCA, congratulate the 15 (other) organizations awarded grants by the NEA, as their proposed projects will, no doubt, contribute to greater access to the arts for the citizens of the Commonwealth," said VCA's Executive Director, Janet Starke. "Too, we are grateful for the increased recommended award for next year, in support of our Partnership Agreement, which demonstrates the NEA's support of our strategic plan, our grantmaking programs, and the agency's overarching goals."

The full list of grants to Virginia can be found here. The next deadline for at least one of the NEA's grants programs is July 7, 2022. To learn more about grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, eligibility criteria and deadlines, visit

Image: Members of Epic Steel Orchestra perform at Loyola Park in Chicago, Illinois. Programming with Epic Steel Orchestra is being supported by a Grants for Arts Project award to West Point School of Music during this round of NEA funding. Photo credit: Oulayvone, Anoudeth
2022 Mid-Atlantic Teaching Artists Virtual Retreat Request for Presenter Proposals 

Teaching artists from the Mid-Atlantic region are invited to apply to be a presenter at the 2022 Mid-Atlantic Teaching Artists Virtual Retreat. This event will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, August 9 and Wednesday, August 10, 2022. We are seeking arts education organizations
and teaching artists of all experience levels working in school and community settings to apply.

Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, June 10, 2022, 11:59pm ET
Notification Date: Friday, June 17, 2022
Acceptance Deadline: Friday, June 24, 2022
Presenter Stipend: $450 per presenter
VCA Grantees Must Have UEIs (Unique Entity Identifiers) to Receive Awards in FY23

As we have been sharing for several months now, as of April 4, 2022 the federal government is now recognizing (only) Unique Entity Identifiers (UEIs) generated by (System for Award Management), and all VCA grantees must have those UEIs in order to receive funding, including for the FY23 grants. 

Whether you have successfully obtained your new UEI (issued by, or you have yet to do so, there are a series of next steps you need to do. To find out what you need to do next, visit here.

NOTE: ALL UEIs are due to the VCA by June 30, 2022, and FY23 grantees will NOT be able to receive funding until their UEI – SAM number is submitted to the VCA.
FINAL REPORTS due JUNE 1, 2022 by 5PM for the following:

  • FY22 GOS (Part 1)
  • FY22 Project Grants 
  • FY22 Artist in Education Grants
  • FY22 Technical Assistance (or June 16, 2022 for those TA activities taking place between June 1 -June 15)
  • FY22 Presenter Touring Assistance (or June 16, 2022 for those Touring activities taking place between June 1 - June 15)

NOTE: Final Reports for the VCA -ARP for GOS Grants and VCA-ARP Arts Recovery Grants are due July 30, 2022, by 5PM (EST).
Upcoming VCA Meeting

  • VCA Commission Board June 15-16, 2022 - 9 - 5 PM (each day) - Richmond, Location TBD

All meetings are Public Meetings. Additional information (including specific times for each day's panel) can be found on our website, by emailing, or by calling the VCA offices at (804) 225-3132.
Now Streaming! A Virtual Artist Showcase

The VCA's Virtual Artist Showcase is a free online collection of performances by artists from across Virginia. Created in response to the impact of the pandemic on local artists and venues, the Virtual Artist Showcase connects you to these performers from the many treasured venues across the state.

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