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National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

Awards to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes for
Connecting Underserved Youth with Arts and Humanities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services

Deadline Date:

02/08/17 5:00 PM PST


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Awards of $10,000 to USA nonprofits, government agencies, schools, IHEs, and tribes to recognize outstanding programs that connect underserved children and youth with the arts and humanities. Eligible programs must be held outside of the regular school day. Programs must use at least one discipline or the arts or humanities as a core program component.

Each of the 12 award-winning programs will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award at a ceremony at the White House. In addition, all of the winners will receive an award plaque; will have the opportunity to attend the Annual Awardee Conference in Washington, DC, in the summer of 2017; and will be featured on the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program website, as a 2017 Awardee.

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GrantWatch ID#: 177885

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Prior recipients of a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (formerly, the Coming Up Taller Award) are not eligible for an award in 2017.

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards are given to organizations for a specific program or programs. In some cases, the organization and the program may be the same.

After-school and out-of-school arts and humanities programs—also known as Creative Youth Development programs—that are sponsored by museums, libraries, and performing arts organizations; educational institutions (e.g., preschools; elementary, middle, and high schools; universities; and colleges); arts centers, community service organizations, and businesses; and eligible government entities are encouraged to consider submitting an application.

Programs applying for the award must meet all of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award’s Eligibility Criteria.

Programs must meet all of the eligibility requirements below:

-Operate as a program for children and youth outside of the school day. Preschool, after-school, weekend, and summer programs, however, may have a school-based component or use school space. Multi-site initiatives that meet the criteria also are eligible;

-Use one or more disciplines of the arts or the humanities as the core content of its program(s);

-Concentrate on children and youth who live in family and community circumstances that limit their opportunities—underserved children and youth are the primary participants in the program;

-Involve children and youth as active participants in the arts or humanities experience; cultural programs in which children function only as an audience are not eligible for a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award;

-Provide participants with ongoing, regularly scheduled sessions; one-time and occasional programs will not be considered;

-Integrate arts or humanities education programs with youth development goals (e.g., enhanced leadership skills, self-confidence, and peer relations); programs that concentrate only on preparing youth for an artistic or cultural career are not eligible for a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award;

-Have been operational since January 2013 for a minimum of five years, including 2017; “operational” refers to the operational years of the specific program(s), not the organization’s years of operation, when submitting an application for a program or programs within an organization;

-Be a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, unit of state or local government, or federally recognized tribal community or tribe; and

-Be in good standing if a federal grant recipient.

Pre-Application Information:

Completed applications will only be accepted via the online process. The deadline for application submissions is Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 5:00 PM PST.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
400 Seventh Street SW
Washington, DC 20506

P: 202-682-5409
F: 202-682-5668

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming