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In the United States of America, about 26 Federal agencies and Cabinet-level departments conduct competitions for discretionary grants. Notices of funding availability (NOFAs) and requests for proposals (RFPs) appear in the Federal Register and on the portal. In addition, they often appear on the individual agencies’ websites.


Organizations planning to seek competitive grants from a federal agency need to register with the government through the Central Contractor Registry (CCR) and to acquire a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number through Dun and Bradstreet.


This post will address federal-level entities (in the United States of America) that hold competitions for discretionary grants for purposes related more or less to culture (e.g., arts, humanities, historical archives, museums, and rural and native America). Later posts will address other federal-level grant-making entities.


Arts and Humanities:

At the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) website, potential applicants find listings of recent grants, guidelines and application forms for competitive grants, and materials for grants management. Available programs address many disciplines and fields in the fine arts and performing arts. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) website provides information on grant opportunities, application guidelines, the application review process, and grants management.


Historical Archives:

At the National Archives and Records Administration are grants to collect, preserve, and publish documents important to understanding American History, and grants to assist in studies of Federal records or Presidential papers. Information covers grant opportunities, eligibility, applicant instructions, frequently asked questions (FAQs), and other topics.


Interior (Rural and Native America):

The US Department of the Interior directs potential grant applicants to its current notices of funding opportunities at the portal. Across its varied agencies and programs, including ones for rural and Native American communities, the opportunities may be best viewed after sorting them by open dates.



At the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) website, potential applicants will find information about grant opportunities, program guidelines, eligibility criteria, the application process, sample applications, outcomes-based evaluation, an archive of grant awards, and much more.


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