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[BKARTS] FW: NEA Announces Recovery Grants to Support Arts Jobs



This is what I was referring to in my call for Bookbinders and Book Artists
to unite: 


Proaction not inaction. 





From: Americans for the Arts [mailto:advocacy@xxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Wednesday, March 04, 2009 7:57 PM
To: Rommel John Miller
Subject: NEA Announces Recovery Grants to Support Arts Jobs


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 Arts Action Alert - Take Action Now!

March 4, 2009


Dear Rommel John:


Yesterday, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was one of the first
agencies in the federal government to release
<http://capwiz.com/artsusa/utr/1/EHZZJZKXRL/OEVFJZKYBW/3002859521> grant
guidelines for applying for economic stimulus and job recovery arts funds.
As you may recall, the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act signed by
President Obama on 
February 17, 2009 provided $50 million to support jobs in the arts through
NEA grants.


This recovery funding is a direct outcome of the hard work of arts advocates
across the country.  It is a major accomplishment that Congress included
direct support for the arts along with increased funding for several other
federal programs that can indirectly support the arts, such as Community
Development Block grants, the Rural Development program and Transportation


The arts community is undergoing enormous challenges right now - like much
of the workforce.  Earlier this week, USAToday ran a front-page story
titled, " <http://capwiz.com/artsusa/utr/1/EHZZJZKXRL/DCUWJZKYBX/3002859521>
Fine Arts Are In Survival Mode As Funds Dry Up."  These recovery funds are
intended "to focus on projects that preserve jobs in the arts."


On the NEA Recovery webpage, the new guidelines provide application dates,
eligibility criteria and potential project outlines.  In order to get money
out to the arts field as quickly as possible, the NEA is fast-tracking the
process. The deadline for applying for the direct grants is April 2, 2009,
with grants being awarded as early as July 1, 2009.  These direct grants
will be available to arts organizations as non-matching one-time grants of
$25,000 or $50,000.  Local arts agencies are provided $100,000 or $250,000
for re-granting activities.


One immediate issue of concern for Americans for the Arts is that the NEA is
requiring that any applicant for the direct grants must have received an NEA
grant within the last four years.  The agency has set this requirement as a
result of direction from the White House Office of Management & Budget
(OMB).  OMB has recommended obligating funds to existing award recipients as
a method of ensuring that the applicant pool can be considered quickly and
to ensure quality.  Complete details on applicant eligibility and the rest
of the recovery grant program are available on the
<http://capwiz.com/artsusa/utr/1/EHZZJZKXRL/IRHYJZKYBY/3002859521> NEA's
Recovery website.


Please help us continue this important work by becoming an official member
of the Arts Action Fund.
<http://capwiz.com/artsusa/utr/1/EHZZJZKXRL/MNEPJZKYBZ/3002859521> Play your
part by joining the Arts Action Fund today -- it's free and simple.

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