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: 2014 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: 2013, 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 Delaware, Rhode Island and Washington.

  • Interactive Grant-Making Visualizations Interactive grant-making explorers such as the one at right and Grant-Making Explorer: Institution & Discipline allow for large amounts of state arts agency grant-making data to be efficiently compared and explored. Members can request custom data visualizations, such as this one created for Michigan.

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.

Individual Artists

Arts Education

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.

Local Arts Agencies

  • Decentralization ProgramsNASAA member-only content Describes decentralized grant-making programs in 15 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.

NEA Grant Making

National Standard Reference Center

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

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.