May 19, 2022

Arts and Humanities: Proposed FY19 U.S. Federal Budget Calls For Elimination of NEA and NEH

From the National Endowment of the Arts Chairman, Jane Chu:

Today we learned that the President’s FY 2019 budget proposes elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts. We are disappointed because we see our funding actively making a difference with individuals in thousands of communities and in every Congressional District in the nation.

In FY 2018 to date, the NEA has awarded 1,134 grants totaling $26.68 million to organizations and individuals in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico…

We understand that the President’s budget request is a first step in a very long budget process. We stand ready to assist in that process as we continue to operate as usual.

Read the Complete Announcement

Direct to FAQs on FY 2019 Budget (via N)

2) NEH Statement on Proposed FY 2019 Budget

Today the Trump administration released its comprehensive budget for the Federal government for FY 2019. The White House has requested that Congress appropriate approximately $42 million to the National Endowment for the Humanities for the orderly closure of the agency. This amount includes funds to meet matching grant offers in effect as of October 1, 2018, as well as funds to cover administrative expenses and salaries associated with the closure.

“As NEH awaits Congressional action on the President’s proposed budget, the agency is continuing normal operations and will be making the next round of FY 2018 awards following the meeting of the National Council in March,” says NEH Senior Deputy Chairman Jon Parrish Peede.

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