The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), like nearly all federal agencies, is totally shut down. All but seven of the agency’s 156 employees have been furloughed, with the rest putting on auto-reply messages. We know this because the NEA published a shutdown contingency plan, letting grantees and applicants know what to expect during the government-on-pause. We broke down the NEA’s plan into bureaucratic bullet points, below. New Yorkers in the arts should read on, because the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) might be affected.
- Nobody will answer your calls or emails and the website won’t be updated or monitored. You can still log-in to access and complete your grant.
- The NEA will not cut checks during the shutdown, even if you’ve been awarded a grant previously.
- If you’re submitting a payment request to the NEA, staff will be unable to process checks until after normal operations resume.
- If you’ve already been awarded a grant, you’re fine. Your money’s not in jeopardy.
- The NEA will talk to no one, not even state agencies seeking funds. (40% of NEA funding goes to state arts agencies; Each year, NYSCA receives approximately $1 million in supplemental funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.)