To support the arts sector of the economy, the National Endowment for the Arts has announced $19.8 million in one-time grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to state arts agencies and regional arts organizations. The NEA’s state and regional partners will invest the funds in projects that assist arts organizations in retaining critical staff as well as artists and other contractual personnel. Potential recipients include organizations in the performing, visual, and literary arts. In July, the Arts Endowment will announce a second category of NEA Recovery grants: one-time direct grants to nonprofit arts organizations including local arts agencies, statewide assemblies of local arts agencies, arts service organizations, and other arts organizations. The grants are meant to offset declines in philanthropic and other support during the current economic downturn. A complete list of grants can be seen here, and the NEA’s updates on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 can be viewed here.

Posted April 10, 2009