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Pie chart: SAA Grant Awards by Institution Type, Fiscal Year 2012, showing arts organizations receiving 56%, educational organizations receiving 17%, individual artists receiving 11%, community organizations receiving 6%, and others receiving 10%.

Grant-Making Statistics and Summaries

NASAA collects grant-making statistics every year through Final Descriptive Reports. Data from the 1980s onward is available for use. Please contact us for more information.

  • Summary Report: 2013 Grant Making and Funding This overview of state arts agency grant-making and funding activities provides summary grant statistics, funding trends over time, and select state-by-state information. It is a succinct introduction to state arts agencies. Reports from previous years are available: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006.
  • Members can request custom benchmarking reports that compare their agency's funding and grant making over time and/or against their peers. These reports provide an overview of the SAA and are useful for council meetings, strategic planning sessions and legislative testimony. Reports are created on demand and are customized to meet the unique needs of each SAA, such as for Washington and Rhode Island.

  • Grants Almanac This Excel file provides a 10-year history of state arts agency grant making. In addition to summary statistics, the almanac provides state-by-state information about grants for arts education, individual artists and general operating support as well as a breakdown by discipline. Custom data tables and visuals can be built on request.

  • National Standard Reference Center SAA/RAO grantmaking is reported using the National Standard for Arts Information Exchange. Consult the reference center for federal grants reporting instructions, training materials and examples of how the National Standard can be used for grant-making analysis.

Arts in Rural Communities

  • Fact Sheet: Support for Arts in Rural Communities The arts help to address some of the unique challenges faced by rural communities, including geographic isolation, infrastructure limitations and population flight. This fact sheet provides statistics and visualizations describing state arts agency grant making in rural communities. The fact sheet also provides a narrative overview of several important ways that state arts agencies serve these areas.

General Operating Support

  • Fact Sheet: General Operating Support These flexible, unrestricted grants are provided by almost all state arts agencies. This national overview provides trends over time, breakdown by artistic discipline and organization type, and a summary of related services.

  • Go to NASAA's Nonprofit Finance page for related information about this key topic.

Individual Artists

Chart: State Arts Agency Grants to Local Arts Agencies, showing total grant dollars awarded of $35,256,911, number of grants awarded at 1,617, and number of communities receiving a state arts agency grant to a local arts agency at 846.

Local Arts Agencies

  • Decentralization Programs NASAA member-only content Describes decentralized grant-making programs in 16 states. For more information on decentralization objectives and strategies, contact NASAA Research Director Ryan Stubbs.

  • Fact Sheet: Support for Local Arts Agencies SAA grants and services to local arts agencies are outlined in this national overview, which includes summary statistics, trends over time and geographic distribution.

Arts Education

U.S. map: State Arts Agency Local Arts Agency Awards showing award sites throughout the country for fiscal year 2011.
Chart: Relationship between National Endowment for the Arts and State Arts Agency Grantees, with large circle showing 18,404 state arts agency and regional arts organization grantees, overlapped by smaller circle showing 1,885 NEA grantees; overlap of 1,114 shared NEA and SAA/RAO grantees.

NEA Grant Making

Have more questions about state or federal grant making? Interested in more grant statistics? Contact NASAA Research Director Ryan Stubbs.

Have more questions about something else? Ask NASAA.

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