All grant applications are free and are available on sites such as Grants.gov, NEH.gov and Arts.gov. Government agencies and charitable foundations provide grant information on their websites. For example, the National Endowment for the Arts lists grants for organizations, individuals and partnership agreements on its grants page. The site provides the rules for grant management and lists recently-granted awards to individuals and organizations. Examples of grants for NEA grants for writers include creative writing fellowships and translation projects.
Grants.gov offers tools for applicants to determine their eligibility for grant awards. An online application package is available to those who have chosen a grant; this includes all the forms necessary for applying, and it can be electronically submitted to the organization. Applicants can track their grant applications with the Check Application Status feature. Grants.gov lists grants available to state and county organizations, county governments and Native American tribal governments. Grants geared toward nonprofit organizations and small businesses are also available on the site.
The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies offers a directory of arts organizations across the United States. Users can search for an organization by region or by state; fact sheets on the site offer information on grants for individual artists and arts organizations, including those in the performing arts, visual arts and literature. A quarter of SAA grants are fellowships awarded to encourage artists to create new work; there are also grants for art commissions and performance or exhibit support.
Many private charitable foundations have grant money available for eligible applicants. For example, the Jeanette Rankin Foundation provides college scholarships for low-income women. The Haven Foundation, which was created by author Stephen King, supports freelance artists and writers who have become physically incapacitated through illness or accident. The foundation also supports artists impacted by natural disasters.