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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes for Art Projects to
Benefit Military Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families

Creative Forces Community Engagement Grant

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

12/15/21 11:59 PM CST


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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA and Territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and tribes for art projects to benefit military service members, veterans, and their families. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to relieve trauma in military-connected communities. These Creative Forces Community Engagement Grants are intended to support non-clinical arts engagement programs taking place in healthcare, community, or virtual settings. The grants will be awarded in two tiers, emerging and advanced, which reflect the capacity of the project at the time of the application.

This grant program aims to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for military service members and veterans exposed to trauma as well as their families and caregivers through experiences of art or art making. Creative Forces-supported community programs have involved a range of arts activities, including visual, written, and performing arts offered through single events, drop-in programs, and ongoing engagement led by artists in residence, teaching artists, or creative arts therapists.

Creative Forces Community Engagement Grant Program projects should engage military-connected individuals through experiences of art or art-making with one or more of the following participant outcomes in mind:

  • Creative Expression: Participants have a better understanding of themselves and others by creating or engaging with art.
  • Social Connectedness: Participants have supportive relationships in their life and a sense of belonging to a community.
  • Resilience: Participants feel they can rebound from stress, unexpected events, or life’s challenges.
  • Independence and successful adaptation to civilian life: Participants have both an individual and shared sense of purpose, as well a positive self-worth, that supports adapting and readjusting to civilian life.

This grant program also seeks to advance the capacity of the applicant and its partner(s) in one or more of the following ways:

  • Networked Organization: Grantees build networks and partnerships that support the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs for participants leading to stronger outcomes for participants.
  • Strengthened Capacity: Grantees build their capacity to design, implement, and evaluate programs that meet the need of participants
  • Increased Value of the Arts: Grantee partnerships and activities lead to an increased understanding of the value and impact of the arts across local participating networks and communities.

Grant Tier information can be found at

Project Eligibility Requirements can be found at

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 198804

Number of Grants:

MAAA will award approximately thirty-five matching grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $10,000 to $50,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Applicant Organization must:
1. Be a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)3, U.S. organization, a unit of state or local government, or a federally recognized tribal community or tribe located in the U.S. (including the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories as well as the Native nations that share that geography);

2. Have either a minimum of three years’ experience: programming for/with military communities or presenting/producing arts-based projects;

3. Have completed a three-year history of programming prior to the application deadline. Programming is not required to have taken place during consecutive years. If your programming was affected or suspended due to COVID-19, you may reference 2020 or 2021 programming that was canceled or reimagined due to the pandemic. Virtual programming, planning, and COVID-19 recovery activities are considered to be programming. You may also choose to list arts programming from a recent year other than 2020 or 2021. For the purpose of defining eligibility, “three-year history” refers to when an organization began its programming and not when it incorporated or received nonprofit, tax-exempt status;

4. Compensate all professional artists or supporting professional personnel at no less than the prevailing minimum compensation in accordance with Part 505 of Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

5. Apply directly on their own behalf. Applications through a fiscal sponsor/agent are not allowed;

6. Have a unique entity identifier (UEI), created in the System for Award Management [],

7. Be in good standing with M-AAA, the NEA, and all other federal agencies, with no delinquent reports and/or grant documents;

8. Commit to M-AAA’s Grantee Assurance of Compliance and Federal Suspension and Disbarment Policy; and

9. Agree to acknowledge M-AAA and the NEA in all programs and press materials related to the project if funded.

The following types of organizations are not eligible to apply:
- Organizations whose primary purpose is to channel resources (financial, human, or other) to an affiliated organization if the affiliated organization submits its own application. This prohibition applies even if each organization has its own 501(c)3 status. For example, the “Friends of ABC Museum” may not apply if the ABC Museum applies. Furthermore, academic departments of colleges and universities are not eligible to apply, but the department’s parent institution is eligible, and
- State and jurisdictional arts agencies (SAAs) and Regional Arts Organizations (RAOs) are not eligible to apply or serve as partners in Creative Forces Community Engagement Grant Program projects.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational Webinar: Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 2:00–3:00 p.m. CST
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Online Office Hours: Tuesdays, October 26–November 30, 2:00–3:00 p.m. CST
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Pre-Application Information:

Creative Forces Community Engagement Grant Submission Deadlines
- Grant Guidelines and Application Form Available: September 15, 2021
- Application Submission Deadline: December 15, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. CST
- Application Panel Reviews: December 2021–March 2022
- Anticipated Grant Award Announcement: April 2022
- Earliest Start Date for Awarded Projects: July 1, 2022

IMPORTANT: Finalize your registration and submit early to allow time to resolve any issues you might encounter during the submission process. No later than December 1, 2021.

Grant Funding for projects with a one-year period of support will be distributed 75% upon return of signed Grant Agreement and 25% upon successful completion of the Final Report. Funding for projects with a two-year period of support will be distributed in three payments. 50% upon return of signed Grant Agreement, 25% upon successful completion of an Interim Report at the end of the first year of support, and 25% upon successful completion of the Final Report Form within 45 days of the project’s conclusion or at the end of the second year of support, whichever comes first.

Contact Information:

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

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Direct questions to M-AAA staff at

2018 Baltimore Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64108

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