NEA Advocacy


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Update: March 21, Congress released details of its FY18 $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package
March 21, Congress released details of its FY18 $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package. The bill included an increase in funding for the NEA, at $152,849 million. The bill passed the Senate on March 23 and the President signed the bill into law later that day. The bill will fund the federal government through the end of September, bringing a close to Congress’ FY18 funding obligations. Congress will now move on to funding for FY19. You can read the 2,232-page full bill here.

Update: President’s FY19 Budget Proposal Again Calls for Elimination of the NEA
On February 12, 2018, the White House released its FY 2019 budget request to Congress. The proposal, titled “Efficient, Effective, Accountable: An American Budget,” once again recommends eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), as well as the same federal cultural agencies that were included in his FY 2018 budget proposal in March 2017. This marks the second time that President Trump has called for zeroing out the budgets of these agencies.

Update: Senate Appropriations Committee Bill Released
On November 20, 2017, the Senate Appropriations Committee released their funding bill for FY18. The committee’s proposal calls for $149.8* million for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)—the current funding level for the agency. Currently, Congress has until December 8th to pass legislation to fund government agencies and programs for FY18 or to further extend the deadline again to avoid a government shutdown. First, they will need to agree on funding levels for FY18. The House and Senate have recommended different funding levels for the NEA ($145 million and $149.8 million, respectively), which they will negotiate in conference in December 2017 to produce a unified appropriations bill.

*This number is sometimes rounded up to $150 million or down to $149 million; the exact figure in the Senate bill is $149,849,000—the NEA’s current funding level for FY17 (p. 125).

Update: July 18, 2017: House Appropriations Committee Approves NEA Funding
On July 18th, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY18 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, which includes funding for the National Endowment for the Arts at $145 million. Although the House proposal falls short of the $155 million requested by a record group of bipartisan members of Congress, it is a clear rejection of the termination proposal sought by the Administration––which shows that efforts by arts advocates across the country are working.

This is just the first step in a long process that will likely continue on for several more months. As the proposal moves through the House and into the Senate, we will post additional updates and action items for advocates. We thank you for your continued efforts to #SavetheNEA!

Background on Proposed Budget and Elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts
On March 16, 2017, the White House released a budget blueprint for Fiscal Year 2018. This proposal calls for reductions to a range of government programs, including the elimination of federal support for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. This is the first American President in history to propose zeroing out all funding for the nation’s federal cultural agencies.

Click on the links below to be directed to recent and relevant news articles regarding President Trump’s proposed elimination of the NEA. 

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The National Endowment for the Arts has a PDF that will provide answers to frequently asked questions. Click the image below or click here to be directed to the NEA FAQs.

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NEA Data and Funded Projects

NEA Facts and Figures
This page provides an overview of how the NEA advances learning, fuels creativity, celebrates the arts, and builds the field of the nonprofit arts in America. It includes quick facts, FAQs, information on the appropriations process, and links to fact sheets by discipline, field and initiative.

NEA Grant Search
Find NEA-funded organizations in your area by searching the NEA’s grants database, which includes information about NEA grants awarded since 1998. Search by congressional district, state, grantee name, keyword, or other options.

List of 2016 NEA-Funded Projects
A scrolling list of art projects funded by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2016.

President Trump’s Budget Blueprint
Click here to be directed to the full budget blueprint.

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AFTA Action Fund
Click here to send a customized letter to your elected official in support of the NEA.

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Federal Budget Process
The president’s budget request is the first step in the federal budget process. Click here to be directed to a guide to the federal budget process from The Washington Post


NASAA’s Statement
Click here to view NASAA’s statement on the proposed elimination of the NEA.

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