On March 11, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 providing $135 million each to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support the cultural sector as it recovers from the devastating impact of Covid-19. These funds represent a significant commitment to the arts and a recognition of the value of the arts and culture to the nation’s economy and recovery.
Two new funding opportunities are now open to cultural organizations as a result of this ARP funding. Forty percent of the $135 million is distributed to state, jurisdictional, and regional arts and humanities organizations for regranting through their respective funding programs. The remaining 60 percent of the ARP money is awarded by the NEA and NEH directly to non-profit organizations.
Read below for details on these new funding opportunities.